In Making Malta Home I collaborated with three different persons, Dursa, Agnes and Thomas. All three of them migrated to Europe several years ago and had to build up a life in Malta. The insights they share in the documentary show their strength and resilience in overcoming obstacles thrown their way by physical borders, as well as the ‘imaginative’ borders in peoples minds, causing racism and discriminatory treatment. Although all three protagonists have different life stories, they are united by the fact that they are actively striving for a sense of belonging in building up a life on the island of Malta.
With Making Malta Home I hope to give an insight into the lives of migrants on the Mediterranean island of Malta. During the project I developed an immense appreciation for the way Dursa, Agnes and Thomas actively aim to carve out a space of belonging on the island of Malta, while simultaneously inspiring and educating others by sharing their personal experiences.
I am Leanne Leendertse, trained as a Cultural Anthropologist and Political Scientist, but specifically interested in the crossdisciplinary concepts of migration, borders and integration. With my project I hope to give an insight into what these concepts mean to people who have had to leave their homelands and ended up on the Mediterranean island of Malta.