After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is rebuilding communities for future generations

After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is rebuilding communities for future generations


by Alessandro & Gianpaolo Pietri from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Christine Nieves, a professor and community organizer in Puerto Rico, is working with her community to build a brighter future for Mariana.

After Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September of 2017, 100% of Puerto Rico was left without power, and many without water. Puerto Rico's Commission for the Prevention of Suicide reported that 253 Puerto Ricans committed suicide in 2017, a 16% increase from the year before. Leaders in Mariana are transitioning from emergency response to long-term strategic initiatives to help the community grow and be better prepared for future catastrophic storms.




Gianpaolo is an award-winning screenwriter, film director, architect, and investigative video journalist. He was chosen as a WeScreenplay Diverse Voices International Competition Finalist in December 2016 and is currently putting the finishing touches on his latest TV drama series pilot. Current clients include influential global media brands such as The Lens, Gizmodo, Splinter, Fusion, Univision, VOA News, Al-Jazeera, and Global Citizen. He lives according to 5 principles: Minimalism, Mobility, Sustainability, Adaptability and Entrepreneurship. 

Alessandro is a cinematographer and photographer with a keen passion for narrative feature and documentary film work.  He has worked with influential global media brands in the production of short-form documentary video, music video, short films and feature narrative projects for film and TV, including Univision, Splinter, Fusion, Gizmodo, VOA News, Global Citizen, Calma Carmona and The Lens.  He once drove over 200mph on the Autobahn outside of Munich, Germany.

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