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Blaxploitalian | 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema



Blaxploitalian | 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema

"Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Blackness" is a diasporic, hybrid, critical documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers seldom heard from before: African-American and African descent actors in Italian cinema. Blaxploitalian cleverly discloses the personal struggles classic Afro-Italian and African diasporic actors faced, correlating it with the contemporary actors who work diligently to find respectable and significant roles. It is a film about black actors as well as a critical analysis about diversity and typecasting in all the international media industry.

Director Fred "Kudjo" Kuwornu will introduce the documentary and close the evening with Q&A.

Fred Kuwornu is an Italian-Ghanaian activist-producer-writer-director, 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’s “Miracle at St. Anna,” Fred decided to research the unknown story of the 92nd Infantry “Buffalo Soldiers” Division, discovering and documenting the journey taken by the real 92nd Infantry veterans, and the entire African American segregated combat unit, which fought in Europe during WW II. In 2012, he released "18 Ius Soli" which examines multiculturalism in Italy but also specifically looks at questions of citizenship for the one million children of immigrants born and raised in Italy that are not yet Italian citizens. Kuwornu is the founder of Do The Right Films Entertainment, a company production based in New York promoting the importance of racial and ethnic diversity in Italy and Europe using film and other art forms as tools for building a more inclusive society.

The film screening is free and open to the public | RSVP


Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura, San Francisco