“Blaxploitalian” is such an important work. It continues the conversation about Blacks in the west. It joins forces with W.E.B. DuBois and double-consciousness, Paul Gilroy and the Black Atlantic, Stuart Hall, and many other scholars and filmmakers who speak about being Black both inside and outside of the west”

-- Dr. Sheril Antonio, Tisch School of the Arts - New York University

“Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Blackness" it’s a diasporic, hybrid, historical, 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.  These engrossing interviews with African-American, Afro-Latino and Afro-Italian actors are interspersed with conversations with international film scholars such as: Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU), Ed Guerrero (NYU), Shelleen Greene (UCLA) and others. The documentary has been showed in more than 200 academic institutions in the last years developing a platform to support advocacy for greater diversity in media. The documentary covers more than a century, from silent and colonial cinema to contemporary cinema. It focuses on the contribution of African American, about African Italian and more. Hundreds of African Italian and African American actors starred in silent film era, in colonialmovies made under Fascism , Neorealist films, in historical and mythological movies, in comedies from the Nineteen Sixties, in detective films from the Nineteen Seventies, Italian B- action movie and in other comedic genres, including the so-called Sexy Comedy Italian style.


Area of study: Black and Italian Cinema, Film and Media Studies, African-American Studies,Race & Ethnicity, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial studies,Contemporary Italy, Immigration Studies, Sociology, Diversity.

"BLAXPLOITALIAN" has been selected as special screening at Academics annual conferences:


AAIS America Association for Italian Studies 2016  Annual Conference Columbus-OH

ALA African Literature Association 2016 Annual Conference Atlanta-GA

Black Portraiture{s} II Annual Conference: Imaging the Black Body 2015 Florence


As we move into a protracted period of social distancing, we understand educators' need to move their curricula into the digital sphere. As a result, we're glad to announce that the purchase of an educational DVD of "BLAXPLOITALIAN" now includes the possibility of requesting a digital file of the film to add to your department streaming library or other educational video sharing platform.(Canvas, Classroom, Zoom). Alternatively, we will provide access to an online version of the film hosted by us. If you're interested in pursuing one of these options, please proceed to purchase the DVD normally on the below Kunaki page, and subsequently send your request for a digital copy to

To acquire a copy of the film, you can point your Liaison Librarian or University Library to purchase an educational DVD at KUNAKI 






Academic Articles

Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies, v.7