Product Description

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 Italians, 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 community, The Ciambra offers an immersion in a world rarely seen on screen, with a level of emotions and an energy captured by a unique cinematic language.



  • “'A Ciambra' pays homage to the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the living masters of European realist cinema."

    A.O. Scott - New York Times


  • "This rousing, incredibly bleak slice of Southern Italy could hardly be more topical
  • "‘A Ciambra' is a film of ferocious energy and observational keenness."

    Jonathan Romney - Film Comment
  • "A film that reflects and honours the Romani way of life in all its detail."

    Glen Sheehan - Digital Fix
Cast: Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato
Director: Jonas Carpignano
Writer: Jonas Carpignano
Country: Italy, US, France, Germany
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English (UK)
Format: PAL
Aspect Ratio: 16mm
Running Time: 108mins
Sound: 5:1
Cinema Release Date: 15-06-2018