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Disappearing Europeans - The Arbëreshë in Calabria
Year: 2009
Run-Time: 1 x 43 min.

Directed by Wolfgang Niedermeier

Lhotsky Film

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (SUB TITLE)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9

Disappearing Europeans - The Arbëreshë in Calabria

Die sterbenden Europäer - Die Arbëreshë in Kalabrien

High in the hills of Calabria in southern Italy lies Civita - a wonderful place, whose name is derived from the Albanian «Quift», which translates roughly as eagle's nest. The Arbëreshë have lived here for around 500 years - Albanians, who left Albania to find a new home after the death of their national hero Kastriota Skanderbeg. On the streets and squares of Civita, chatty older people tell of their former lives in Toronto, Cleveland, Naples and Zurich over a game of cards and explain how they have come back here because it's the one place where they feel that life is worth living. This documentary shows one of the last ethnic minorities in Europe and their ambivalent struggle to hold on to their language and traditional values.
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