Diversity in Media Presentation Examines People of Color in Italian Cinema
By Alexander Wells ’17
On Nov. 10, the Modern Languages Department examined the representation of people of color in Italian cinema during a Diversity in Media event. The presentation began with a screening of “Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema,” a documentary that features several African-American and African actors who share stories of working in the Italian film industry.
After the screening, Italian-Ghanian director and producer Fred Kuwornu was available for questions about the documentary and the issues presented in it. Diversity in Media sought to shed light on the lack of representation in cinema and in media as a whole. Kuwornu tied his documentary to the Black Lives Matter movement and the increasing lack of black representation at the Academy Awards.