Writer-director Jonas Carpignano has followed up his 2015 insight into the refugee crisis 'Mediterranea' with another insightful look at a different marginalized community in Southern Italy.
The Ciambra follows 14-year-old Pio Amato who idolises his older brother in their small Romani community in Calabria, Southern Italy. Desperate to grow up fast, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few to easily slide between the region’s factions – the local Italians, the African refugees and his fellow Romani.
Pio follows his older brother Cosimo everywhere, learning the necessary skills for life on the streets of their hometown. When Cosimo disappears and things start to go wrong, Pio sets out to prove he’s ready to step into his big brother’s shoes but soon finds himself faced with an impossible decision that will show if he is truly ready to become a man.
The gritty film continues the exciting partnership of both Pio and writer-director Carpignano, something that Executive Producer Martin Scorsese honed to perfection throughout the 70’s with Robert DeNiro.
The movie is on general release from Friday 15th June and we will be sure to get a review out before then.