Italy is on the front line of migration, and the street scene is changing with every new flow of refugees coming to Italy, searching for a new life. How do the Italians cope with the flow of refugees? And specifically with Muslim refugees? How is it to be a Muslim refugee in Italy? How do the refugees cope with the Italians?
In this second episode of the VPRO travel series Via Genua, Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer speaks to Rosella, a transgender prostitute who is confronted with a mosque next to her house.
Ilja is looking for Kumuna, the minor asylum seeker from Gambia whom he met in the first episode. Kumuna is now going to school. One of the first words he learns there is: Casa. Italian for ‘home’. What is “Home” in Via di Prè? How do you master such a street as Via di Pré and how do you deal with it, if, what you consider your home changes with the arrival of migrants?
It is the day of the Festival of Sacrifice (Aïd el-Kebir). In the Via di Prè the men have put on their most beautiful religious clothing in all colors of the world. The women are at home and prepare the lamb. On the street, Ilja speaks to various Muslims. They tell him that unfortunately they are not allowed to slaughter lamb at home because of the Italian legislation and so they buy it at the Islamic butcher shops in Via di Prè.
Ilja is invited by a Senegalese family living in Via di Prè. The son of the house tells how he hears Italians on the street complaining about the crisis. Senegalese do that differently, he claims. “No one has to complain here. We always help each other. That is a bit of a different way of living than people outside the Senegalese community are used to.’
Director: Hans Pool
Presented by: Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer
© VPRO January 2017
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