TerminiTV is an online channel dedicated to the major station of Rome, and to the area around it. We describe this space, as a place of transit, through the narration of stories by those who live, work, or pass by the station.
The main concept of the project is that of migration as something that all humans can understand, and could experience. From immigrants to expats, the station represents a place where different migrants pass by next to each other. Many times, the station is the final destination of those whose migration didn’t go well. However, our goal is not to focus only on the many who live outside of society, but rather to portray society through the lens of a station, as a theatre where all human drama, of different kinds, take place. We don’t want to talk about marginalised people, we try to show society in its different layers.
Termini is an example, a symbol of modern globalization next to the ancient ruins of Roman thermal spa (Termini comes from the word “thermae”). Termini is a perfect spot for observing and interacting.
Our project is unique in terms of cooperation among professionals in different fields (journalism, video, photos, etc.) aimed not only at social issues, but at portraying an area as a whole. In order to do this, we follow the guidelines of the Media Inclusiveness Index, as elaborated by the Council of Europe and supported by the CMFE (Community Media Forum Europe). These require that any interviewee or subject of a media piece is not interviewed or shown because of belonging to a certain minority (ethnic, religious, sexual, etc.) but as part of society. We don’t want to tell stories within ghettos, even when these ghettos have been designed with the idea of integrating minorities. Our minorities are mixed in the whole and should not been reckoned as minorities. Each one is an individual, with his-her own story.
TerminiTV will try to find these stories, narrated by the people we find. Stories of traveling or commuting, journeys made for love, or memories of places visited once upon a time. We use multimedia tools to spread the stories and hope to create a sort of digital library of stories, trying to recreate a community through story telling. A community not based on ethnic or national principles.
The theme of migration and traveling will also be explored through Termini Underground, a show about a dance school based under the train station. Most of its dancers are of foreign origin, but they are part of the new Rome, a multicultural, contemporary city next to ancient ruins.