Between the 12 and the 14 August directors Maria Alba and Graziana Saccente will present the short film "Hora - A History Arbëreshë" - produced by the writer Stefano Benni - in the three municipalities arbëreshë of the Crotonese, San Nicola dell'Alto, Carfizzi and Pallagorio.
The short film deals with the question of Italian-Albanian identity, which is extremely complex and not completely resolved and accepted. Historically, the Arbëreshë are the Italo-Albanian minority present for more than six hundred years in Italy, descendants of the Albanians who especially since the fifteenth century were forced to leave their lands following the Ottoman invasion.
Until the last century, the arbëreshë communities still had distinctive traits that characterized them compared to other areas of the South, but in the last sixty years much has been lost: contaminated words, changed rituals, forgotten places.
Despite this, the Arbëreshë still represent the greatest example of interculturality in Italy. In a complex historical moment of the country, the history of the Arbëreshë community therefore offers the possibility of thinking of a feasible model of peaceful coexistence and integration between different cultures, preserving plural identities.
Through the direct experience and reflections of the protagonist, the documentary offers a more authentic and personal point of view on the current evolution of this ethnic-linguistic minority, trying to go beyond the folkloristic reductions and the archaic nostalgia to investigate what "being arbëreshë ”today, with an eye on the future of these communities.
The protagonist Anastasia was born in San Nicola dell'Alto, where she spent her adolescence, but has lived in Bologna for fifteen years. Every summer he takes his long train journey home, crossing Italy from north to south, between changes, coincidences and conversations, almost like a sacred ritual towards his own land.
This time, however, Anastasia decides to share the trip with a friend; thus begins an adventure that will lead her to open her interiority and rediscover that mosaic of cultures that distinguishes her.
But what does Hora mean? "" Hora "is an arbëreshë word that has many meanings and that in Italian does not find a univocal translation" - explain the authors - "" Hora "means" Country ", but symbolically it also represents the link with its own origins." ».
The 12 August begins in San Nicola dell'Alto, at 21.30 at the Municipal Amphitheater; continue the 13 August in Carfizzi, at 21 in Largo Skanderbeg and finally the 14 August will be the turn of Pallagorio, at 21, in Piazza Dante.