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“Il Cinema in Piazza is a big public library, in which every evening all the ones who live and cross this city get to consult at the same time a different cinematographic work, borrowing it for a single collective vision on its big screen.” The Piccolo America Team

Il Cinema in Piazza

Piccolo America is back to bring light and life to the Roman summer nights with “Il Cinema in Piazza”, Rome’s largest outdoor retrospective film festival. The 2023 edition will take place in Trastevere, Tor Sapienza and Monte Ciocci, three locations of the city that span from the center to the suburbs. The admission is free entry and no booking is required. We are pleased to bring cinema again this year in two parks that are so important to our city, the Cervelletta and Monte Ciocci Park, sure that we will once again be able to contribute to enhance the places where nature is the protagonist and the biodiversity is preserved.

There will be three screens with 8000 square meters of stalls surface, which will host film screenings, debates with directors, actors, screenwriters and film industry professionals, as well as retrospectives, great classics of national and international heritage, and films for children. Many international guests will come from all over the world to meet our crowd. This dialogue will make them feel all the warm affection and passion for cinema!

“From the outskirts we started and this is where we come back to. The ones born and raised there, as most of us, know it already. We know what it means to grind kilometers on public transportation to reach a bookstore, a cinema, a theater, a museum, or even just a place for meeting up in the evening with friends.

And we know what it means to feel tight in such a large and populated district, yet so poor in sociality and culture. Thus, we too have decided to roll up our sleeves and try to replace the void and silence with dynamic participation. The experience of the past few years revealed that cultural and social planning does not stop at the organization and planning of an outdoor cinema, but it is able to represent and promote growth, even economic, of all the activities in the neighbourhood.

We want this project to give life to places where different ideas of living the city and new cultural expressions can find a home, where we can raise questions that allow us to build new perspectives, where we can discuss and reflect on the future of our city, the role of the cinema theatres and the cinematographic endeavour, of social, cultural and youth policies, of integration and inclusion, of the fight against crime, of the suburbs inside and on the margins of the cities.

This is our idea of cultural and social participation, able to promote reflection on the role of culture itself in the process of educational, forming and working growth of young people, based on participatory planning, attentive to the needs of all, on a “learning by doing“ process, whose fruits shall grow over time”.

Story of Piccolo America

A group of youths coming from the outskirts of the city, after thoroughly mapping the abandoned spaces of Rome and months of assemblies with residents of the Trastevere neighborhood, on November 13th 2012 began a battle to save and safeguard the historical Cinema America from its imminent reconversion into parking lots and apartments. Two years later, having managed to stop the demolition of the theater built in 1956 from a project by Angelo Di Castro, they reopened a small abandoned bakery, granted for free by some of the residents, converting it into a small movie theater. And thus, thanks to the support of great masters like Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Rosi and Ettore Scola, they kept fighting the battle to save the historical and abandoned theaters of Rome. Neither cinephiles nor students of the Seventh Art, they began to give new colors to monuments, squares and outskirts of their city with great masterpieces of the cinematographic heritage, to the point of animating for sixty consecutive nights the place from which they started their endeavors to save the Cinema America: Piazza San Cosimato.

There were many challenges for the team – after three years of hard work moved by the love for Trastevere, they also reached neighborhoods such as Ostia, Tor Sapienza and Valle Aurelia with the initiative “Il Cinema in Piazza”. Today, Piccolo America is a non profit Foundation that on September 21st 2021 renewed and reopened Cinema Troisi. A unique space on the European scene, located in Trastevere, with a cinema always open, even when the projector is off, thanks to the first study room in Italy open 24/7, 365 days a year.