Documentary Screening: Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema

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Monday, February 19


Frank V. de Bellis Collection, J. Paul Leonard Library 460

"BlaxploItalian" is a diasporic, hybrid, critical, and cosmopolitan dimension documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers seldom heard from before: Black actors in Italian cinema starting from 1915 when the first black actor appeared in an Italian film. “BlaxploItalian" cleverly discloses the personal struggles classic Afro-Italian; African-American; Afro-Caribbean and African diasporic actors faced, correlating it with the contemporary actors who work diligently to find respectable and significant roles. You can view the trailer here.


Fred Kuwornu is an activist-producer-director-speaker born and raised in Italy and based in Brooklyn. His mother is an Italian Jew, and his father a Ghanaian surgeon who lived in Italy since the early 60's. Fred Kuwornu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Mass Media, from the University of Bologna. After his experience, working with the production crew of Spike Lee film's “Miracle at St. Anna”, in 2010 Fred Kuwornu produced and directed the Award-winning documentary "Inside Buffalo" about the African-American veterans who fought in Italy during World War II. In 2012, he released "18 IUS SOLI "which examines Afro-Italians in Italy but also specifically looks at questions of citizenship for the one million children of immigrants born and raised in Italy but not yet Italian citizens. In 2016, he released "Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema”.


The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Italian-Ghanaian Filmmaker Fred Kuwornu.


Organized by the Italian Program with the support of the Frank V. de Bellis Collection.

Sponsored by the Italian Program, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, and Dept. of Africana Studies.

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