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The Chapman University Italian Studies Department presents, screening of “Blaxploitalian” followed by a Q&A with the director, Fred Kuwornu, on Thursday, December 1 from 5:00 pm to 6:45 pm in Doti Hall, Room 003.
BLAXPLOITALIAN is a documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers seldom heard from before: Black 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. More than an unveiling of history it is a call-to-action for increased diversity and esteem in international cinema. Thus our alternative aim is for the stories in BlaxploItalian to serve as a call-to-action with the intention of challenging worldwide mainstream filmmakers and audiences into calling for an enhancement and practicing of ethnic and racial diversity in casting for important roles within the international film/media industries.