The Great Green Rush

By Giulia Valentina Paolini & Bruno Pitzalis | May 20, 2015

The state of Pernambuco, in the north of Brazil, is one of the most important emerald producers in the entire world. Here, in the city of Carnaiba, everything revolves around these precious stones, and everyone from miners to men of faith get caught up in this frantic green fever.

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Giulia Valentina Paolini is a producer, writer, editor and karaoke singer. She’s fond of sad movies, American postmodern literature, black music, puppies and French fries – not necessarily in this order.

Bruno Pitzalis is a director with a background in the advertising industry. His purpose in life is to discover the most interesting hidden stories and to tell them in the best possible ways.

Together, Giulia Valentina and Bruno are a creative couple of reporters with an ironic and unconventional point of view. For more, visit www.dioscuri.eu

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