My friends from Tirana have never stopped asking me why I didn't come back to live there. With my training, experiences, open mindedness and tenacity, according to them there, in the Land of Eagles I could have done so much.
And sincerely several times I have had myself tickled by the thought of going back to my Tirana and giving myself to my land.
But every time I returned for short periods of stay, I realized that this was no longer my world. The approach to life that I found in Tirana did not match my own. The struggle continues to keep the job that was not measured with your skills but rather by your loyalty to your manager who owed loyalty to a political leader.
The continuous toleration of the lack of services such as, adequate infrastructure, public parks and state health. Planning to make investments exactly where you find injustices to join them and to do "so everyone" justify your actions. Where the cunning and your chameleon-like ability was perpetually customs-cleared and even envied.
Where to live a peaceful life you had to opt only for work in private companies, but if these are big, almost certainly, they have ties to politics, so if you can tell what you think, at work, the rule with your friends is one, follow the line of the head.
A country where the free thought of the journalist and political analyst was thrown into the cauldron of windswept talk. Where to be free to express yourself in full and respect the ethics of your profession, you must have solid experiences and tenacity behind you to remain consistent.
Albania. A country divided into two
A country constantly divided into two: Pro and Contro; Black or White. A country where the nuances, which are necessary for difference and evolution, turn against you.
A practical country. If I have to go from A to Z you don't need to know the alphabet, pretend the other letters aren't there. So, one night you could fall asleep with your elementary school license and wake up in the morning after graduating and perhaps with an important position in institutions or businesses close to them.
Of course, this is no longer the case, Bossi junior it was the straw that broke the camel's back, but it was like that for a long time, and those with the degree found under the pillow, like the coin left by the tooth fairy on awakening, had access to the powers continues to have it, because it will be true that the title earned itself by sleeping, but it is also true that he had plenty of time to enter the political and bureaucratic mechanism, that of communication and development, making sure not to allow access to non-affiliates.
In short, a country where politics is the host, and as I wrote in previous years "Damn nostalgia" for Albania News, everyone in Albania does politics, and they do it to survive and to determine themselves, often silently but with the apparent belief that it is the only way to realize oneself to constrain one's thoughts.
And they are not crazy for one or the other party, but for those who promise them that, given the contribution of votes, economic funds or promotion of slogans and the communication of a wing, they will have secured access to a specific administrative role, a concession, a promotion, a liberalization, a simple street work and so on ...
Depending on the contribution you are willing and able to make. A policy making ad personam, not of society.
In Albania meritocracy for those who deal with communication and social issues above all is not a principle. It's all monetized. And everything can be monetized in a country that is hungry for Europe.
Probably, and I realize it, I am definitely critical of my country of origin, but on the other hand, I love it deeply, and even though I recognize that it has changed so much since I left it, I cannot fail to recognize that it is really little and above all that, in these last 2000 years since the fall of the regime Albania has not been concerned to emerge, to form itself and to structure itself at political and social level but has created inequalities and touted the fight against them that it itself created.
A few years ago he traveled Albania by car to Ciamuria (Tsamourià, now part of Greece) with two respected journalists (Simone Cerio, video maker and Andrea Buccella, photo reporter) to tell his story, and between one stop and another I asked my colleagues not to judge her, not to expect Italy in L'Aquila, to absorb its reality and learn to appreciate it.
At the time it was still an open-air construction site, disastrous roads, abandoned buildings, suvs within the reach of European magnates and donkey-drawn carts on the same road. Restaurants that boasted Michelin stars and eclectic bikes where the wheel spokes were turned into grids to prepare sandwiches with pork meatballs on the road.
It was Albania of contradictions, in another my article, again here on Albania News I called him the Albanian paradox.
Albania has really changed
Today we risk a high penalty if you are found to be selling on the street and you find yourself with the goods seized. Today, if you pull your cart with the donkey you are dispossessed of everything and fined. Today, you make the clandestine bets between the walls and the alleys of the city directly in the betting centers, born as mushrooms with a frequency of 10 every 1000 inhabitants. Today everyone pays for electricity, otherwise they risk a preventive detention and those who cannot afford it can always light a candle or commit suicide due to poverty.
Today Albania is in the sunlight
It has even become goal for Italian migrants. People looking for a better opportunity, a profitable job, a professional and personal realization.
Rotta Contraria - from Italy to Albania, reverse destiny
We are at Contrary Route, exactly as documented by Stefano Grossi's docufilm presented at the Bifest in Bari last April.
I had the honor of being able to view it in private and take the time to elaborate it because it is so different from the others already seen that recount this migration on the contrary that you cannot let yourself be overcome by the first emotions.
In short, let's face it, which Albanian would you like to read a tone of criticism for your country?
I myself, who have never hidden my critical approach to the double-headed eagle, I suffer when it comes from those of "outside".
The same thing happens to Italians when foreigners criticize Italian politics and since I, consistently with what I have always said and done, have always felt more right that reality should be told rather than described, I took my time for to capture the soul and the message in this realistic documentary film.
There are no lies about Albania, there is no prevalence of partisan opinions, no tendency to promote one thought or another, you will not even find sponsorship of the New America beyond the Adriatic. What you will find will be testimonies and images that will lead you to ask questions, which will leave you with no ready answers because those, - this is precisely the intention of the director Stefano Grossi and the production of Own Air , - you must give it to yourself.
If Italy had been presented to the Albanians in a real way, without the festival veils of Sanremo, without the charm of the girls of It is not La Rai, without the advertisements of Mulino Bianco where time is non-existent, work a passion, the breakfast table always full and the children blond and happy, probably there would have been a more conscious immigration. Probably, when Albania took the Boot as an example it would have understood that nothing is possible without sacrifices and sacrifices.
Probably, the Albanians would not have been fascinated by the immediacy that they publicized the advertisements and they would have used these last 30 years better and more consciously.
There is always a price to be paid and accounts to be made and in order for it to be as low as possible it is necessary to communicate objectively.
Here, Rotta Contraria for me is exactly that. Not only the story of a migration of Italians to Albania, but a contrary route of communication and documentation of reality.
Without coating and without ready answers
In a historical moment in which we talk about the flat tax (which among other things is not there) in Albania and the wonderful life that awaits Italian migrants in the Land of Eagles, Rotta Contraria does not go as far as courage and so much emphasis. Stefano Grossi does not ask himself if it is Lamerica Tirana, but how the Italians live it. It does not give any promotional imprint, let alone disapproval.
Tirana, Albania in this documentary is almost naked. It is impossible to report all of L'Aquila's being in 75 minutes, but the themes that Grossi has touched and the stories of the Italians of Albania have the strong flavor of reality. Not to be judged, not to be imprinted, to be known.
There is no Lamerica beyond the sea, there are opportunities, the same reasons that push the Albanians to migrate to the boot.
In Italy there are migrants who have managed to make it economically and professionally, as there are migrants who lead a life in the media is the only reason why they still remain here are the years they have invested and the culture they have assimilated.
Rotta Contraria does not encourage or even discourage migration, he says.
He tells it without falling into the trash of pitiful tears and without focusing on the sumptuous realities that create the illusion of everything is possible, just embark. Migration is not a journey around the world, it is not migrated to learn about other realities but to seize opportunities. Migration is an investment and as such requires compromises, sacrifices and sacrifices and above all trust and tenacity.
Albania is splendid, its culture and its people are wonderful, its sea is a paradise and its mountains even more. Tirana is a fascinating European capital and full of surprises, but Tirana is not the whole double-headed eagle, and above all not just the block.
Rome was not just the whole of Italy and even less Piazza di Spagna of the high fashion shows that arrived in Tirana.
On the contrary, it tells you a difficult Albania to decipher, although over time it has also proved itself in the pages of Albania News. In fact, you will find yourself extrapolatinginterview of one of the most accredited writers, intellectuals and columnists in Tirana, Fatos Lubonja, issued to the co-founder of this newspaper Alban Trungu years ago. An interview of which the producers have consistently cited origin and author, which is rare to find.
A documentary film that immediately received the appreciation of the critics and of which even the great national and international newspapers continue to speak.
A meticulous work, a communication that speaks not only of audio but also of lights and mirror images that show the Pandorum of which I spoke above.
A bathroom of reality where nothing is taken for granted but takes viewers out of mass communication and accompanies them to reflection.
"If you want to see yourself in the mirror, look at Albania, which is a bit of a caricature of the West"
- directed by Stefano Grossi
- a production of Own Air.
- 11 June Turin (Baretti Cinema)
- 20 June Rome (Apollo Eleven)
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