Di Là

a film by GIULIO TONINCELLI and ERMINANDO ALIAJ filmed and edited // GIULIO TONINCELLI sound and mix // FUTURO year // 2015 language // ITALIAN + ENG. sub. ITALY, ALBANIA

Winner "VISIONI DA UN ALTRO SUD" section at CASTELLANETA FILM FEST 2016  
Special mention Festival di Cortometraggi di Dosolo 2016
official selection:
Kino Otok - Isola Cinema International Film Festival 2017 // MyArt Film Festival, Cosenza 2017 // DocuTIFF Tirana International film festival 2016 // Balkans Beyond Borders, Sofia 2016 // Castellaneta Film Fest 2016 //  Human District festival, Belgrado 2016 // Tuzla Film Festival 2016 // Visioni Italiane, Bologna 2016 // SoleLuna Doc festival, Palermo 2016 // SoleLuna Doc festival, Treviso 2016 // DocUnder30, Bologna 2015 // Marcellino de Baggis, Taranto 2015
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.