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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
The director and his crew had a Fiat Panda full of film equipment stolen while filming the short film A Chjàna (2012). They went to the Romani community in the Ciambra to negotiate for their car. This is how the director first met the Amato family, who he depicts in this film. 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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A Ciambra is set in Calabria, a beautiful region of Italy, but that's not what you get to see. Instead you get to see the dark side of Gypsie life, the life we all think about when it comes to Gypsies. At least that's what I've always been told here in Europe, to not trust the Gypsies as they are raised thieving. I don't think there are much people thinking differently about Gypsies here and I don't think it will change after watching this movie. Because thieving and deceiving are the major points of this dark movie. I wonder what the Gypsies think about this movie? Are they proud of them being portrayed like that? In this case they used a real Gypsie family as the actors, almost playing themselves. The Amato's are not the kind of Hollywood actors we all know, without flaws, beautiful and tanned, but they are real and that makes this movie exceptionnal. Pio Amato is the youngest brother of the family, and the story turns around him, watching and learning how to provide for the family. Unfortunately that is by thieving. It looks like stealing is their only way to survive. For not so professional actors I thought they did a brilliant job. A Ciambra is a simple but good movie to watch, a drama that won't change the opinion most people have about Gypsie life I'm afraid.
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