2016 Season

From its international premiere at Critics Week in Cannes comes Mediterranea, a riveting drama from the filmmaking collective behind Beasts of the Southern Wild. The film charts the struggle of Ayiva and Abas, Burkinabe brothers who cross oceans and deserts to pursue a better life. But the promise of opportunity soon turns to frustration when faced with the hardships of racist small-town Italy. Building the narrative upon the 2010 Rosarno riots and the real life journey of electric first-time performer Koudous Seihon, filmmaker Jonas Carpignano injects a powerful sense of urgency into this unmissable film.

Jonas Carpignano
English, Arabic, Bissa, French, Italian
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Jonas Carpignano
Jonas Carpignano

Jonas Carpignano spent his childhood between Rome and New York City and attended Wesleyan University. His work has been shown in prestigious film festivals including Cannes, Venice, and the New York Film Festival. His two short films A Chjàna (2011) and A Ciambra (2014) has been honored with the Controcampo Award at the 68th Venice Film Festival, The Discovery Prize at the 53rd Semaine De La Critique at Cannes, a Nastro D'Argento special mention and the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami International Film Festival.