Inspired by real events and featuring non-actors, A Chjàna (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. The film begins in Calabria, when Ayiva convinces his friend Chico that it is their duty to fight against the oppression they face. The immigrants tear through the streets, burning cars and protesting the shooting of a fellow immigrant. After the police start brutally attacking the demonstrators, the two friends are forced to flee but their escape is anything but easy.
A Chjána (The Plain)
Director(s): Jonas Carpignano
Executive Producer(s): Dan Janvey
Producer(s): Willy Friedman, Jon Coplon, Franco Basaglia, Gwyn Sannia
Screenwriter(s): Jonas Carpignano
Cinematographer: Maura Morales Bergmann
Editor(s): Jonas Carpignano, Sarah-Violet Bliss
Production Designer: Marco Ascanio Viarigi
Sound Designer: Bob Edwards
Principal Cast: Koudous Seihun, Cheik "Chico" Bailey Kane
Jonas is a writer/director based out of NYC & Rome. His award winning shorts include: A Chjàna (Controcampo Award 68th Venice Film festival , Short list Nastro d’Argento, SXSW) ,which he is currently developing into a feature film. He is an alum of the Sundance Institute 2012 Screenwriters Lab.
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