Maltin f’Izmir is an award-winning two-part documentary produced for Television Malta, the national broadcaster, in collaboration with TRT, the Turkish national broadcaster.
Produced by Sarah-Lee Zammit and Mario Xuereb, Maltin f’Izmir focuses on the once vibrant Maltese community in Izmir, Turkey, and their stories throughout the decades. The Maltese community of expatriates put down roots in the Turkish city during the late 19th century, when thousands of young Maltese families left the island in the hopes of finding employment and a better life abroad.
As the years passed, the Maltese became part of Izmir’s social fabric, until the Greco-Turkish war in 1922 disrupted what was a tranquil and prosperous life. Maltin f’Izmir shines a light on the remaining Maltese descendants in the city, and their life away from the Maltese islands.