Steeped in the complex social fabric of Southern Italy—where Italians, Romani, and African migrants coexist in uneasy tension—A CIAMBRA, opening at The Ross on Friday, March 16, is a bracing plunge into a world in which growing up fast is a matter of survival. In its mood and methods, “A CIAMBRA” pays homage to the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the living masters of European realist cinema. –A.O. Scott, The New York Times It's a neo-realist study of a kid with special gifts for leadership, daring and friendship. And for stealing everything in sight. –Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal Through Tim Curtin's kinetic handheld camerawork, Carpignano immerses the viewer in Pio's experience. –Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times A CIAMBRA is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, March 16 through Thursday, March 22. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Executive producer Martin Scorsese presents the electrifying sophomore feature from rising director Jonas Carpignano (Mediterranea). 14-year-old Pio (Pio Amato) 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 sprawling Romani family. But a fateful night and a wrenching decision soon test just how ready he is. Steeped in the complex social fabric of Southern Italy—where Italians, Romani, and African migrants coexist in uneasy tension—A CIAMBRA is a bracing plunge into a world in which growing up fast is a matter of survival.