BLACK ITALIAN FILM SHOWCASE
is the first celebration of Afro-Italian talents in film, showcasing new features and shorts and illuminating the historical, social, and cultural aspects of Black life in Italy through film, offering the opportunity to see a diverse representation of Italy.
Curated by producer-director Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, this retrospective of Italian of African descent filmmakers deals with questions of colonialism, diversity, global black diaspora, gender, race, and identity that are best answered by those who live Italy’s integration day to da
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I am Fatou 18 mins.
Fatou is a 23-year-old Italian girl of Senegalese origin. She lives in a suburb of Rome with his mother, who would like to educate according to the rigid impositions of her culture of origin. But Fatou is looking for his own identity that combines his black Muslim being with Italian society, and unlike most of his peers, the social stigma of the immigrant is imprinted on her, who isolates her and reduces her friendships with other young children of foreigners.
Idris 13 mins.
Idris, 10 years old, is a young Somalian refugee. On the 15th of August, not only he is in a foreign country, without parents, in a group home inhabitated by small misfits demons, from 5 to 14 years old, but he is also forced to socialize, submitting to their aquatic games, in a run-down city pool
“BlaxploItalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema” 52 mins.
BlaxploItalian is a diasporic, hybrid, critical, and cosmopolitan dimension documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers seldom heard from before: Black actors in Italian cinema starting from 1915 when the first black actor appeared in an Italian film.BlaxploItalian cleverly discloses the personal struggles classic Afro-Italian; African-American; Afro-Caribbean and African diasporic actors faced, correlating it with the contemporary actors who work diligently to find respectable and significant roles.
Amir Ramadan is an Egyptian-Italian cinematographer. He started his studies in Milan where he lived up until the age of nineteen, then moved back to Cairo. In Egypt he attended the International Academy of the Science of Communication, specializing in Cinema. While still a student he started to work for film directors already well known in Egypt and the Middle-East. In 2010 he moved to Rome to collaborate in many movies with the Italian awarded cinematographer Marco Onorato. He worked as a director of photography in many projects around the world, tv series and features movies. In Italy he worked as a director of photography for many music-videoclips of Italian famous bands and also tv commercials
Kassim Yassin Saleh
Born in the Republic of Djibouti, between Ethiopia and Somalia, is an Afro-Italian filmmaker, writer and actor.The 2017 short film “Idris”, premiered at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival in the special section MigrArti, written with Heidrun Schleef. In 2020 he directed “Il vento sotto i piedi” and the documentary “ Mirella”.
Fred Kudjo Kuwornu
Fred Kudjo Kuwornu is an Italian-Ghanaian and U.S. citizen, multi-hyphenate filmmaker, activist, educator, producer, born and raised in Italy and based in New York where He founded his company production Do The Right Films. He is best known as the director of critically acclaimed documentaries such as Blaxploitalian, Inside Buffalo and 18 IUS SOLI. His documentaries deal with political and social themes, such as racism, interracial relations, diversity, Afro-Italians and Black diasporic identity in Italy and the African diaspora in the world.
His production has been awarded and granted by New York Foundation for the Arts, Open Society, Cineteca of Bologna. He is currently developing "We Were There. a feature documentary about the African presence during the Renaissance in Europe.
Indovina chi ti porto a cena 13 mins.
A young man from Somalia but raised in Rome is getting ready to meet the parents of his girlfriend, a Russian girl raised in Italy and living in Albano. The story focuses on the hours before the meeting takes place, following the life of our young protagonist, Mohamed, 25 years old.
Amin Nour, Italian-Somali, is a member of the Black Italian film collective in Rome. He is the director of two films on racism, Ambaradan (2017) and Indovina chi ti porto a cena (Guess who I bring you for dinner), winner of the 2018 MigrArti Prize competition of the Ministero dei Beni Culturali, Amin is also the founder of NIBI, Neri Italiani Black Italian.
I will not forget you. 12 mins. Still struggling with loss, a caring father and his daughter are moved by the Christmas spirit to connect with their Puerto Rican roots by reaching out to victims of the hurricane.
Laila Petrone is an Italian-Dominican filmmaker. Born in the U.K., she was raised between Rome and Los Angeles. In 2007, she appeared as Pina in Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna. The experience inspired her to pursue a career behind the camera. In the following years, Laila worked as an Assistant Director and Producer.
In 2014, Laila's directorial debut Your Love premiered at Urban World Film Festival in NYC. The short was awarded "Best of Festival" at the Black Women Film Network Summit in Atlanta, and was selected to screen on Aspire TV as part of the ABFF Independent series’ short films program.Currently, Laila is working as director and co-producer of a docu-series titled Mothers and Daughters, exploring the stories and the relationships between several Latina mothers and their daughters who were born and/or raised in Italy. Laila is a member of the Alliance of Women Directors, Women in Media & Glass Elevator.
The Moor 23 mins. Alessandro de’ Medici is legitimised into the Medici family, one of the most prestigious Italian families of its time. But the son of an enslaved African woman and Pope Clement VII is haunted by the stigma of his low birth and a mother he only barely remembers. When he unexpectedly becomes the first Duke of Florence, Alessandro must come to terms with his roots and is forced to face his father’s inability to accept him, while fending off his cousin’s power hungry attacks. Based on true events.
Daphne Di Cinto
Daphne Di Cinto is an Afro-Italian screenwriter, director and actor born in Northern Italy. She started her film and theatre studies in Rome, where she focused on acting at Scuola di Cinema, while getting her degree in Communication Science at Roma Tre University. She attended the faculty of cinema at Sorbonne University in Paris before moving to New York for her Masters in Fine Arts at the Actors Studio Drama School.
While developing a series based on the life of Alessandro de’ Medici, Daphne has written, directed and produced the short film Il Moro-The Moor, her directorial debut
Va' Pensiero 56 mins.
Va’ Pensiero – Walking stories is an interwoven account of two racist attacks in Milan and Florence and the victims’ painful attempts to piece the fragments of their lives back together. In central Milan, Mohamed Ba, a 50 year old senegalese griot (bard), actor and teacher and resident in Italy for 14 years, is knifed in broad daylight on May 31, 2009. In Florence, residents Mor e Cheikj, also immigrants from Senegal, are beaten on December 31, 2011 whilst working in the San Lorenzo market. This powerful account brings together the overlapping stories of the three protagonists’ ordeal and their enduring hope of building a life in Italy, despite the fear and uncertainty of suddenly being plunged back to the moment of the attacks by one look or gesture. The director Dagmawi Yimer, a refugee from Ethiopia, shows us what violence looks like through the eyes of the victim
Dagmawi was born and grew up in Addis Ababa. He left his country after the 2005 post-election unrest in which hundreds of young people were killed and put in jail. After a long journey across the Libyan desert and the Mediterranean, he came ashore on the island of Lampedusa on 30 July 2006. In Rome, after participating in a video workshop in 2007, he co-authored the film Il deserto e il mare (The desert and the sea) along with five other migrants. Subsequently he co-directed the 2008 documentary film Come un uomo sulla terra (Like a man on earth). He shot the documentary C.A.R.A. ITALIA (Dear Italy, 2009) and Soltanto il mare (Nothing but the sea, 2011), along with several other short films. He directed the film Asmat-Names (2015), coordinated the collective film project Benvenuti in Italia (Welcome to Italy, 2015), and a documentary titled Va’ pensiero (Walking stories, 2013). Dagmawi is the co-founder and vice president of the Archivio delle Memorie Migranti (Migrant Memory Archive).