Making Malta Home

Leanne Leendertse

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.

Director Statement

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.

Poster - Making Malta Home



Leanne Leendertse
Leanne Leendertse

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.

Making Malta Home - Leanne Leendertse
toang - Rizky Maulana Yanuar
EL SECANO AÚN VIVE - Ruben van Rijn
My Life, My Story - Fleur Roovers
heem - Jara van den Bosch
Postcolonial Sentiments - Hannah Bults
Voices in Nature - Maarten Bekhuis
Nostalgie paralysante - Sabrine Mdaghri
How much longer - Ann-Kristin Mueller
Drag Kings and Creatures - Sarah Bozuwa
Multi-Love - Mowgli Legein
Proud to Sport - Lotte van den Hanenberg
Buurland - Malìn van Weerdenburg
Melmin - Loes Moree
Birds - Marlissa Hilkmann
Is There Anybody Out There? - Mischa Huijsmans
F*ck Endo - Wilke Geurds
Speaking of Spirits - Eva Riemens
Would you want your kids to do this - Max Condon
I am you and you are me - Janna Vink
The battle against floods - Kyra van Meijgaarden