In The 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 regions’ factions - the local mafias, the African immigrants 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 and in the process he must decide if he is truly ready to become a man.
Filmed with participants from the local Romani community, centering around the Amato Family, The Ciambra immerses you in a world rarely seen on screen with a high level of emotions and energy captured by a unique cinematic language.
Like a fable set against the texture of a documentary, the story is a fictional narrative set in the actual world of the actors, all nonprofessionals, who are playing versions of themselves.
“THE CIAMBRA is a compelling and accomplished film.
The world is so realized I felt as if I was living alongside its characters. A beautiful and moving picture”
“Brilliant and disturbing...
If Bicycle Thieves were remade today, this is what it would look like.”