The Plain
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    The Plain

    A Chjàna

    Directed by

    Italy, USA


    18 min

    • Italian

    Drama, Short


    Inspired by real events and featuring non-actors, THE PLAIN follows Ayiva, an African migrant worker who seeks to reunite with his best friend in the wake of the most significant race riot in Italian history.


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    • Best Short Film (Controcampo Italiano) - Venice IFF
    • Special Mention - Nastri D’Argento
    • Honorable Mention - Dallas Videofest
    • Best Short Film - Overlook FF
    • Best of the Fest - Lowcountry Indie Shorts Festival
    • Hammer To Nail - Short Film Contest

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    Jonas Carpignano
    Maura Morales Bergman
    Jonas Carpignano
    Sarah-Violet Bliss
    Jonas Carpignano

    Jonas Carpignano


    I think it's important not to be didactic. The power of cinema is allowing an audience to connect to characters. Allowing an audience to see and experience something in a film, though other people, is way more powerful than reading pages and pages of stats. Facts can be misleading and emotions can be very very real.

    Born January 1984. Jonas Carpignano spent his life between Italy and the USA. His short films A CHJANA and A CIAMBRA have won prizes at several film festivals including Venice and Cannes, the later winner of the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize at La Semaine de la Critique in 2014. MEDITERRANEA is his first feature film and was shot in Calabria where he lives and presented in the competition of La Semaine de la Critique.

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