“Iom Romì” chronicles a day in the life of the contemporary Jewish community of Rome, which for centuries has lived in limbo between persecution and integration. As the only cultural group in the city that can claim an uninterrupted line of descent from the times of the empire, Roman Jews have fostered rituals and traditions that are unique in the world. From dawn to dusk, through the voices of several characters living and working in the historic Ghetto quarter, “Iom Romì” tells the story of a community both fiercely independent and distinctly Roman.
New York Jewish Film Festival / Official Selection Pitigliani Kolno’a Festival / Official Selection Atlanta Jewish Film Festival / Official Selection JCC Chicago Film Festival / Official Selection Nuovo Cinema Israeliano / Official Selection Joyce Forum Short Film Festival / Official Selection Vancouver Jewish Film Festival / Official Selection Boston Jewish Film Festival / Official Selection Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival / Official Selection Palm Springs Jewish Film Festival / Official Selection
About the filmmaker
Originally from Rome, Valerio moved to New York City in 2011 to attend documentary classes at New York Film Academy. In 2013, he co-founded Awen Films, a production company specializing in independent documentaries and nonfiction video content including editorial, breaking news and live event coverage. Under the umbrella of Awen Films he directed short and feature documentaries which have been screened at film festivals worldwide, broadcast on TV, and distributed widely in the educational market. His first feature, “If Only I Were That Warrior” (72', 2015) was awarded the 'Imperdibili' prize at the 56th Festival dei Popoli and won the 2016 Italian Golden Globe. “Mister Wonderland” (53', 2019) aired on both Italian (Rai) and American (CPTV, PBS) public television. "Stonebreakers," his latest feature, is set to premiere in fall 2022.