Eliane Brum was born in 1966 in the southern Brazilian city of Ijuí. She has worked as a journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. In more than two decades of reporting, she has won over forty national and international awards in journalism, among them the Premio Rey de España and the Inter-American Associated Press Award. In 2008, she received the United Nations Special Press Trophy. She also codirected and cowrote the 2005 documentary film Uma História Severina (Severina's Story), winner of seventeen national and international awards. Eliane
Brum currently works as a freelance journalist and writes a column for El País and contributes to The Guardian. She has published five collections of nonfiction and one novel.