I just discovered this great docu-film about two young Italians who are faced with a difficult decision: to stay in the homeland and fight for a better Italy or leave and chase the promise of a better future, following in the footsteps of their ancestors. Italians, like Greeks The film ends with the title of my TED talk: “La vita è troppo breve per non essere italiani” (“Life’s too short not to be Italian”).
It is a dilemma I too find myself confronted with, even as an expat. In the words of one fo the interviewees: “Fa più rumore un’albero che cade che una foresta che cresce” (“A falling tree makes more noise than a growing forest”). An important reminder that no matter where we go there will be pros and cons and sometimes we have more to gain from staying and fighting than running away.