February 27: Blaxploitalian.100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 18:30. Italian Cultural Institute, 601 Van Ness Ave, Suite F (Opera Plaza) - San Francisco (CA). The film screening is free and open to the public | RSVP. Director Fred Kuwornu will introduce the documentary and close the evening with Q&A.

Blaxploitalian is a diasporic, hybrid, critical 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. It is a film about black actors as well as a critical analysis about diversity and typecasting in the international media industry.

Fred "Kudjo" Kuwornu is an Italian-Ghanaian activist-producer-writer-director, 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. Fred Kuwornu holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Mass Media from the University of Bologna. He is the founder of "Do The Right Films Entertainment," a company production based in New York promoting the importance of racial and ethnic diversity in Italy and Europe using film and other art forms as tools for building a more inclusive society.

SOURCE: IIC San Francisco

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