<MAAS> Screening Blaxploitalian

Valck, M. de (Marijke) m.devalck at uu.nl
Thu Sep 21 09:37:31 CEST 2017

Dear MAAS friends,

On Friday September 29th MAAS welcomes Italian-Ghanaian filmmaker Fred Kuwornu. He will screen his documentary "Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Black in Italian Cinema" at 10 am in the Parnassos theatre. Please feel free to join the screening and discuss the film afterwards with the filmmaker.

Best wishes,



Friday September 29th, Parnassos theatre, 10 - 1 pm

Screening "Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Black in Italian Cinema" followed by discussion with filmmaker Fred Kuwornu

If you would like to attend, send an email to Marijke de Valck (m.devalck at uu.nl<mailto:m.devalck at uu.nl>)

Film description short

"Blaxploitalian" is a critical 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.

Film description long

"Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Black in Italian Cinema" it's a diasporic, hybrid, critical, and cosmopolitan dimension 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's not only a film talk about black actors, but a critical analysis about diversity and typecasting in all the international media industry.

Filmmaker biography

Fred "Kudjo" Kudjo 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. 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.

Dr. Marijke de Valck | Associate Professor | Department of Media and Culture Studies | Utrecht University | Muntstraat 2a, 3512 EV Utrecht | The Netherlands | Room 1.09
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