A ciambra

A ciambra

DVD - 2018 | Italian
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Fourteen-year-old Pio wants nothing more than the respect of his older brother, whom he emulates in every way, including his career as a petty criminal. When both his father and brother are arrested, Pio is determined to prove that he can step up and be the head of his Romani family. But a fateful night and a wrenching decision soon test just how ready he is.
Audience: Not rated
Publisher: New York : MPI, 2018.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC A
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Alternative Title: A ciambra
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In Italian with English subtitles.


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May 10, 2019

Its been a week and I can't stop thinking about this study of what it takes to survive in the lower depths and the compromises we make to come of age. The camera is a magical tourist through a psychological Inferno. Truth.

Jul 19, 2018

I've just finished watching and maybe if I waited a day or so, I'd downgrade to 4+ stars. A.O. Scott of NY Times wrote "It has the shape of a fable and the texture of a documentary. " Another critic describes it as "embedded cinema." With one singular exception (the actor Koudous Seihon, an African immigrant now actor), all the people in the movie are portraying themselves but scripted by the director. In Calabria, a very poor part of southern Italy, there is a community of about 700 Roma who have come family by family over 20 years. Also there are Africans--from Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria. The Roma and the Africans do not mingle but Pio, the 14 year old "star" of the movie bridges the chasm and that bridge will bring both happiness and pain. I've just put this director's first movie, Mediterranea, on hold.
P.S. Have just watched Mediterranea. Pio is there at the start of his small entrepreneurial empire, and Ayiva has just made the journey overland (desert) and by sea. So this is prequel to A Ciambra.

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