Emigration throughout the 20th century and beyond caused Castrignano to experience an exodus of its citizens toward Northern Italy and the rest of Europe. In the same period, a first wave of migrants from Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe settled down in the community, bringing new traditions and customs.
An Iranian artist documented the changing urban scenario in this 2014 film. Six doors of the city center are overlaid with words, noises and silences gathered during everyday life in the center of Salento. Many houses are empty and the voices of the former inhabitants are missing.
But new accents and dialects are on the threshold of Castrignano’s houses, contributing to a new urban geography of the town.