The documentary BlaxploItalian uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers that is seldom acknowledged: Black actors in Italian cinema. Through interviews and archival footage, this film explores the personal struggles and triumphs that Afro-Italian and African diasporic actors have faced both historically and in the contemporary moment as they work to find significant film roles. With the intention of challenging worldwide mainstream filmmakers and audiences, the film calls for ethnic and racial diversity in casting important roles within international film and media industries.
Director Fred Kuwornu will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Anna Everett and UCSB Associate Professor of Italian Studies Claudio Fogu for a post-screening discussion.
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