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Blaxpoitalian 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema

Blaxpoitalian 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema

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50 Minutes - English Subtitles - ADA standards N/A - Closed Captioning N/A 

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“Blaxploitalian” is such 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 shown 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 the silent film era, in colonial movies 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 a 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


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Academic Articles

Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies, v.7

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