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BlaxploITALIAN documentary spotlight on Woody Strode

What is “Black Jesus” and who is Woody Strode?

Black Jesus is a drama directed by Valerio Zurlini in 1968. He called upon Woody Strode, an African-American actor known for his supporting roles in many hit films, to play the main character Maurice Lalubi, an activist of the independence movement of his country.  Patrice Lumumba, the first president of the newborn Democratic Republic of the Congo, inspired the character.

Strode, an athlete and football player, was famous for his roles in Hollywood films like John Ford’s Western movies (such as The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and the title character in Sergeant Rutledge), in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, and Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments.  Modern audiences may know him better as the old man Storyteller from the 1993 Black cowboy film Posse.  

His sturdy physique is an important element to the representation of a role that within Black Jesus is subjected to psychological and physical violence. Strode said that this role was the most difficult of his entire career. Yet Black Jesus offered him the opportunity to participate for the first time in the Cannes International Film Festival (1968), which ironically was cut short that year due to worker and student protests in France. A few days after the end of Black Jesus’ filing, Sergio Leone called Strode to play in the first sequence of Once Upon a Time in the West.

This then led to Strode starring in various 1970’s  “poliziottesco” movies (Tough Guy/Italian Super Cop films) directed by one of that genre’s legends Fernando Di Leo including The Italian Connection (1972) and Colpo in canna (1974), extending his career past the sporadic and often forgetful roles that Hollywood seemed to feel that he now deserved.

Woody Strode is just one of the brilliant actors that we cover in the ‘BlaxploItalian' documentary as we uncover 100 years of Blackness in Italian Cinema, directed by Fred Kuwornu.  

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Curtis Caesar John
Associate Producer, BlaxploITALIAN

Just got done #burnin Time to soak it all in #dinnertime 🍴🍷
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Tonight I saw a powerful coupling of artistry and historical context used to provoke thought and dialogue on very relevant concerns of racial and economic inequalities, organized protest, and progress. Meeting and speaking briefly with #AvaDuVernay tonight has really reenergized me to speak and move through my art. #selma #blackcinema #martinlutherking

This just made my week. :) I don’t get necessarily “star struck” but to know that #Selma director (and a black female filmmaker I look up to) Ava DuVernay took the time to acknowledge this with all of the Oscar insanity surrounding her film and John Legend and Common’s wins is enough to make me smile…and continue to dream big.
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Can you guess who this is? You might not recognize her face as well as her voice. This is Cree Summers,actor,singer, and writer. If you recognize her face its probably from the tv show ‘A Different World’. But what you probably don’t know is that she has lent her voice to 100+ cartoon characters. Her vouce has been used for characters on the big screen, small screen, and video-game screens. You’d probably recognize her as Susie from The Rugrats or Miranda from As Told By Ginger. #BHM2015 #blackprofile #womenintelevision #adifferentworld #rugrats #blackcinema #CreeSummer

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The BLACK FUTURE MONTH Film Series Presents…Mother of George

Wednesday, February 18 | 6-9PM
Ingersoll Community Center
177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

Mother of George follows Adenike and Ayodele (The Walking Dead’s #DanaiGurira and veteran actor #IsaachDeBankolé), a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. After the joyous celebration of the their wedding, their family is devastated by the inability to conceive a child, leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save her family or destroy it.

Q&A with filmmaker #AndrewDosumnu following the #screening , moderated by #GbengaAkinnagbe (The Wire). More screenings to be announced throughout February.
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