By Daria Trifu

When I launched this magazine, in 2005, I did it because I could. It was the year when I was able to do it, to make it happen. I drew lots of inspiration from magazines such as Vanity Fair, National Geographic and even Time Magazine and The Economist. Elements of which you can still see today throughout Daria!.

In 2006, I envisioned an issue dedicated to Africa and to social entrepreneurship in general. It was because I was producing a film in Ghana, and while there, I discovered Africa. I wanted Daria! to become the first publication that looks at some aspects of the world that were never addressed in main stream media. I envisioned the top personalities in the world being interviewed by our magazine and, in conclusion, Warren Buffet, Melinda and Bill Gates being featured on Daria!’s cover. I worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the article on fighting malaria and their initiatives in Africa, and they provided the picture for the cover of the magazine. In the process of making the 2007 issue, I communicated with Oprah’s office, Bono’s management (and twenty plus others) and outlined the vision while requesting their participation.

In May, the special issue of Daria on Africa and Social Entrepreneurship was printed but is was not ready for its mass distribution, so it was kept in the printing house in Florida. One day, a month or so later, I came out of my house, and on the newsstands, there was the July 2007 issue of Vanity Fair. Different covers, one of which was Daria!’s – without Annie Leibovitz’s input. The most hurtful was the editor’s page: Bono was co-editing alongside Graydon Carter.

In the present issue, we are taking a close look on the life and creative talent of a film Auteur whose career spans fifty years. His name is Bruno Pischiutta and I’ve had the privilege of working with him for the last twenty years. He says “we are always learning and discovering new subjects that were often and for long periods of time in front of our eyes”. Olga Matsyna’s interview with Pischiutta starts on page 37.

For the first time, I conducted an interview and wrote an article for Daria!. I had the pleasure to meet Konstadinos Karyotis in Greece, while I was on location-scouting for my next film production. Meeting an Olympic athlete, who is revered by his community and loved all around the country for his sporting achievements, is a humbling experience. I invite you to read my article starting on page 26.

Starting on page 50, we present the films selected in the 7th edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival. This is, and I am proud to say it, the most important and renown nonviolent film festival in the world. I am it’s Director and a founding member. 

This particular issue has been a tough one to produce. I hope you will find a subject able to inspire you or to create a debate between you and your friends on a pleasant evening you share together and an artist whose work you will follow for years to come. All this, remember, you discovered in Daria! first. D!