Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema
Virtual screening of Fred Kuwornu’s Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema will be available from February 14 – 16, 2021.
Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema is a diasporic, hybrid, and critical documentary that describes the representation of Blackness in Italian cinema from 1915 to present day. From the perspectives of Afro-Italian; African-American; Afro-Caribbean and African diasporic actors, a population seldom heard from, the film discloses the personal struggles actors faced in establishing a career. More than documenting the history of Blackness in Italian film and media, Blaxpoitalian is a call to action, shedding light on the entanglement between lack of media and socio-political disenfranchisement.
Filmmaker, scholar and activist Fred Kuwornu will lead a live-streamed conversation on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST on the visual histories of Blackness in post-war Italian culture. Conversation with filmmaker, scholar, and activist Fred Kuwornu and Ilaria Conti which took place on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 on the visual histories of Blackness in post-war Italian culture. Inaugurating a new multi-year series entitled Pensiero Plurale, organized by Magazzino Italian Art and curated by Ilaria Conti, Kuwornu addressed issues of diversity and the complexities of representation through the lens of his films.