Erminando Aliaj is a fashion photographer and professor in Milan. He lives in Brescia, nearby Milan, where he grew up and studied. He was born in Valona, Albania, in July 1984. In April 2014, after more than 20 years, he decided to go back to his homeland. Once there, lost memories and feelings come back to him, and, after decades, he remembers that night of a cold November when his mother bravely decided to change the course of their lives.
What would have happened to Erminando if he never took that boat? Luckily, the sea he crossed when he was a child only grabbed his fears, and his mother’s strength gave him new dreams, possibilities and future.
Travelling is a luxury only for those who own a passport, a good passport, with which they can move around the globe with little economic efforts. For other people, who do not own a certain passport or a visa, this luxury is a desperate need, and a risky one. Taking one decision or another might change completely a person’s life, or determine life and death.
Some of Erminando’s childhood friends, those who remained in Albania, remained there and they only know about ’The other side’ by watching TV or listening to the radio. Erminando, instead, lived this other side everyday for the last 20 years, and he believes that the possibility he had should be given to anyone in need, not only to the ones holding the ‘right’ passport.
a film by GIULIO TONINCELLI and ERMINANDO ALIAJ
filmed and edited // GIULIO TONINCELLI
sound and mix // FUTURO
year // 2015
language // ITALIAN + ENG. sub.