The documentary film "No Borders. Stream of Conscience" by Italian director Mauto Caputo tells the story of migrants on the Balkan Route. Caputo spent a year and a half filming in the Karst Plateau region, along the border between Italy and Slovenia. He recently spoke to ANSA about the experience.
Media images of migrants arriving in Italy mainly focus on migrants arriving on the Mediterranean shores of Italy and less on those who arrive via the Balkan route.
Now a film delves into this issue of entering Europe "through the woods": 'No Borders. Flusso di Coscienza' ('No Borders. Stream of Conscience'), by Mauro Caputo. The film focuses on migrants coming from countries including Pakistan, Syria, Iran, Algeria, Tunisia, Nepal, and Bangladesh and tells of their very long journey on the Balkan route, which stops at the 242 kilometer border between Italy and Slovenia.
"I saw numerous traces left by thousands of migrants, from faraway places that I never would have imagined. But never any patrols," Caputo said about the time he spend filming in the border region between Italy and Slovenia, in an interview with news agency ANSA on Wednesday.
'Traces and faces of inivisble people'
"Despite the hundreds of border crossings, day, night, all the time, I always passed undisturbed," Caputo told ANSA. "I never met with any type of obstacle, just the traces and the faces of the invisible people who arrive each day."
Caputo said that he believes that the lack of border patrols by Italy might be intentional, given that "the large majority of these people are trying to leave Italy autonomously as soon as possible... to reach other European countries such as Germany, France, and Spain."
Caputo argued that this "creates a passage of thousands of 'invisible' people who don't want to stay in the Italian territory and who in large part aren't in official statistics."