Hi everyone! This week we’ll talk about Luca Vullo, an Italian director based in London leading INFLUX, a project to describe the new Italian diaspora in the UK.
INFLUX aims to gather all different stories, including dreams, joys and opportunities. But, let’s ask him directly!
1) Hi Luca, nice to meet you. Which are your goals with Influx?
Well, there are several goals with Influx . Influx is not only a documentary but an experimental, continually evolving research about Italians and Italian life abroad.
A self-analysis to better understand who we are and how we behave, which is also an analysis about our country and its current situation .
2) The project has been created to give a voice to Italians expats in UK. Do you think it will be only-UK related or it will embrace also other countries?
Actually, London is just the first step of a socio-anthropological research we’d like to extend also to other European countries (Germany, Ireland, Albania, Poland,..), to America and Australia.
About immigrants in Italy there are a lot of documentaries and researches and to be honest I’m more interested in understanding the Italian identity and their nature. Well, it doesn’t mean I’m not interested in the topic, in fact in 2011 I was the director of LampedusainFestival which is unequivocal related to it!
3) Why in the Italian newspapers the Italian emigration is creating a lot of buzz?
Well, ’cause we’re facing a huge drain, impossible to not notice it. The main fact is that this time the main characters are not only young people.
5) What most have you been impressed about London and Italians living here?
Thanks to London, I could open my mind, having the possibility of expressing myself.
Italians living in London are a mirror of the more variegated human scenario in Italy. The Italian community includes all the virtues and weaknesses of our country, concentrated in only one city.
I met incredible talents and excellent professionals reaching amazing goals in a very short amount of time, I’m in touch with great people in love with our country aiming to value our heritage in multiple ways, but I also know people ruining this positive picture from whom I decided to turn away.
I think the whole picture is a bit schizophrenic!
6) Why do Italians hate each other at first sight?
Well, I never felt it. I’m not feeling like those people who, moving away from their country, they’re also rejecting their origin, avoid speaking their native language and meeting other Italians. I’m behaving in the opposite way and I think Influx is a great example.
I believe the main motivation why Italians hate each other is coming from a sense of frustration, disappointment, anger and fizzle our country has given us in the last years, which is also creating a sense of repulsion.
At the end is normal, when you’re escaping a situation you’ve suffered a lot, the first sensation is a big nausea and you don’t want to feel sick again..
Thanks Luca and we hope to watch your documentary soon. In the meantime, just enjoy a trailer!