In A CIAMBRA, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few to easily slide between the region's factions - ...
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Amélie van Elmbt
In A CIAMBRA, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, 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.Written by
As in the film's predecessor, Mediterranea (2015), the cast consists of non-professional actors who the director met in the city of Gioia Tauro in Calabria, Italy. The story is a fictional narrative in true-to-life surroundings. See more »
I was born in that thing.
Pio, come here. Come.
Once, we were always on the road. On the road. We were free. We didn't have bosses. We answered to no-one. We were free, always on the road. Now, we are here. Remember, It's us against the world.
Against the world.
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I have no doubt that this is the reality for millions of people
"A Ciambra" focuses on a Romani boy and his grim existence in southern Italy. He and the African immigrants have no option except to participate in the underworld. The movie stars a cast of unknown (and unglamorous) people. The handheld camerawork gives the movie a feeling of gritty realism. The events portrayed are probably a daily reality for millions worldwide, whether immigrants or just people forgotten by society at large. Indeed, the Roma - mistakenly called gypsies - have been one of the most discriminated groups in Europe for ages; the Nazis murdered at least 220,000 Roma, possibly as many as 1.5 million, labeling the Roma as criminals.
Anyway, this is a movie that everyone should see.
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