Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Q&A: Jonas Carpignano Talks Migrant Drama 'A Ciambra'

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Q&A: Jonas Carpignano Talks Migrant Drama 'A Ciambra'

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Italian director discusses his Mediterranea follow up.

Italian director Jonas Carpignano is back in Cannes this year with A Ciambra, his follow-up feature to migrant drama Mediterranea, which premiered in Critics' Week in 2015.

His second feature is an evolution of his 2014 short of the same name, and follows a Romani boy who struggles to keep his family together and repay his brother's debt.

It premieres in Directors' Fortnight today (May 19). Luxbox is handling sales.

Can you explain what Ciambra is?

The Ciambra is a sort of favela on the outskirts of Gioia Tauro in southern Italy, the town where I live. For the past 20 years, it has been solely occupied by the Romani community.

Why did you return to the subject matter of your short film?

When I make short films, it's to explore a new world, and to see the possible directions a character can go when confronted with a challenging situation. I knew I wanted to tell a story about a boy and his brother in Ciambra.

Do you think films about the refugee crisis are helping to raise awareness?

We need to go past presenting information about what is happening, and instead create empathy for the individuals living these stories. Cinema can make an audience feel that world more than a newspaper or TV news.

Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff helped produce your feature with their emerging film-makers fund, how beneficial was that? …

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