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BLACK ITALY festival > Autumn Beat (film)



BLACK ITALY festival > Autumn Beat (film)

On the occasion of Black History Month in the United States, the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco will present a series of feature films and shorts celebrating Italian diversity and Italians of African descent.

National African American History Month, also known as Black History Month, was conceived by notable historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans to commemorate and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the United States. Since its 1926 inception, Black History Month has become a celebration of "African Diaspora,” and since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February to celebrate it.


BLACK ITALIAN FILM SHOWCASE, created by Do The Right Films and curated by producer-director Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, is the first celebration of Afro-Italian talent in film, showcasing new features and shorts while illuminating the historical, social, and cultural aspects of Black life in Italy, offering the opportunity to see a diverse representation of the country.


Saturday, February 11 | 3:30 PM 
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St, San Francisco

Drama/Music, Italy, 2022, 103 min

Director Antonio Dikele Distefano will attend the screening and present the film.
Introduction by Prof. Marc Sabb, Creative Director at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Followed by Q&A with the director.

Co-presented by the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD)

Free Admission | Registration required


3:00 pm | doors open
3:30-5:15 pm | film screening
5:20-6:00 pm | Q&A with the director

Autumn Beat, produced by Amazon Studios and coproduced by Indiana Productions is an exciting and unprecedented story about Black culture in Italy, and the role of music as a means of redemption and search for identity. Two brothers, Tito and Paco, share the same dream: to break into the rap music world. Paco is a born performer and Tito knows how to write like no other, but ambition, life, and love for the same woman will test their bond. The film, which spans three decades, has a cast mostly made up of Italian of African descent comprising Hamed Seydou, Abby 6ix, Geneme, Juliet Joseph, Dylan Magon, Mohamed Diallo, Marco Renna, Mamy Seny Gueye, Francesco Danquah, and Mafoku Michelle Cloe Kengne, and Italian hip-hop stars: Gué Pequeno, Ernia and Sfera Ebbasta.

Director Antonio Dikele Distefano will attend the screening and present the film.



director antonio dikele distefano photoAntonio Dikele Distefano
In a bid to increase black representation in new Italian cinema, well-known Italian author turned screenwriter Antonio Dikele Distefano made his worldwide debut on Netflix Italia in 2021 with the groundbreaking miniseries, Zero, featuring a primarily black cast. The story is focused on life for Black Italian youth and their plight as members of an invisible class of society. But when a young Black teen called Zero discovers he can literally make himself invisible, he uses his gift to fight rich and powerful forces attempting to gentrify his neighborhood. The historic nature of the series is even more remarkable given there are so few leading Black characters in Italian film, and the entertainment industry is creating quite a buzz about the first Black Italian film director backed by a major studio in Italy.

The 30-year-old multi-hyphenate creator hails from Angolan parents, was born and raised in the Northern Italian city of Ravenna, and now lives and works in Milan. Before connecting with Netflix Italia, Antonio had already become an inspiration to many Black Italians through publishing, television, and social media projects. He went on to write five novels for Mondadori between 2014 and 2019, with combined sales exceeding 500,000 copies. Along the way, he founded Esse Magazine in 2016 as an outlet for young Black artists to gain recognition and did video interviews with emerging performers. Today, Esse is the largest rap publication in Italy. In addition, he owns the communications agency Cantera. His first foray into screenplays netted the newly released Zero Netflix Italia miniseries, which launched him onto the world stage.

Antonio dreams of founding his own production company one day and producing films that bring Black performers onto the world stage so they're no longer invisible. He says doing quality projects that positively portray underserved communities will give people an opportunity to exist and be seen. If the mainstream chooses to ignore them, that's their choice, but they'll no longer be invisible.




Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023

Time: From 3:30 pm To 6:00 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute SF

Entrance : Free


Roxie Theater, 3125 16th St.