IFF: A Ciambra (A Ciambra)



St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Sun, Feb 25, 2018 3:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$12.00
ICC Members:$10.00
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$10.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:MN Premiere
Program:Italian Film Festival
Release Year:2017
Runtime:120 min
English subtitles
Print Source:IFC Films
Director:Jonas Carpignano
Producer:Martin Scorsese
Cinematographer:Tim Curtin
Screenwriter:Jonas Carpignano
Editor:Affonso Goncalves
Composer:Dan Romer
Principal Cast:Pio Amato
Koudous Seihon
Damiano Amato
Francesco Pio Amato
Filmography:Mediterranea - 2015


Introduction and discussion with Jen Caruso, Professor of Liberal Arts at MCAD

In A Ciambra, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio (Amato) is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and easily slides between the regions’ multiple factions—local Italians, African immigrants, and his fellow Romani. Pio follows his older brother Cosimo everywhere, learning the necessary skills for life on the streets. When Cosimo disappears and things start to go wrong, Pio faces an ethical dilemma, and he is forced to decide, before he is ready and at enormous cost, what kind of person he wants to be. To put the film’s central problem in political terms, Pio is forced to choose between solidarity and identity, between friendship and blood, and between universalism and community. A Ciambra, which includes Martin Scorsese among its executive producers, shows some of his influence as well, in its depiction of crime as a family business and in its attention to masculine codes of loyalty, violence, and respect.

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