Three generations of Albanian migrants in Australia, their significant contribution to their respective communities and their efforts to preserve their ancestry. This is the plot of "Australia My Home: An Albanian Migration", a documentary made by Dritan Arbana.
A story told with sincerity, humor and melancholy; a journey into the world of one of the many communities that today characterize Australia, as Arbana himself stated in an interview for exit.al. And yet, a documentary that shows the experiences of Albanian migrants and their descendants, who embody the best qualities that their culture has to offer and through hard work and honesty they integrate into the country they now call home.
Filmed both in Australia and Albania, returning to the birth places and among the families of those who sailed into the unknown over a century ago, the documentary also shows the unique beauty of both countries and the persistent trauma of separation.
The premiere of "Australia My Home: An Albanian Migration" was initially scheduled for the end of May, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced Arbana to postpone it to a later date.
An established actor, as well as screenwriter, producer and recorder, Dritan Arbana was born in Tirana but lives and works in Australia. He studied cinema at the "Charles Sturt University" in Australia and, despite the distance, he never forgot Albania and its roots:
"I have always been tied to my Albanian roots. In 2017 I returned to live in Albania to be closer to my parents and family; those three years made up for twenty years later. My profession has kept me and keeps me away from Albanians, but in all this time I have always brought Albania within me and I have always been interested in the main issues that happened in the country. " - said Arbana in the interview for exit.al.
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