In A 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 region’s factions – the local Italians, the African refugees 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 but soon finds himself faced with an impossible decision that will show if he is truly ready to become a man.
(New York, 1984) He spent his childhood between Rome and New York City. His work as a director has been shown around the world and has won awards at Cannes, Venice, and Sundance. His first feature film Mediterranea debuted at the Cannes Film Festival – Semaine de la critique before receiving the award for the best directorial debut of 2015 by the National Board of Review. His second feature film A Ciambra premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight. Jonas lives in Italy, where he continues to work as a writer and director.
Filmography: A Ciambra (2017), Mediterranea (2015)