In Italy, where racist language and images are not uncommon, television series, mostly starring black casts, break the stereotype.
Created by Netflix, “Zero” follows the aversion of young black Italians with supernatural powers to help solve mysteries and crimes.
Actor Giuseppe Dave Seke plays the leading role.
“When I was young, I had to look abroad because I couldn’t find someone in Italy who looked like me or could represent me,” Giuseppe explained.
“In today’s world, there are a lot of second generation blacks in Italy, this community is pretty strong and we are not represented by cinemas.
“So being part of the Black Story series is a big win for me.”
Since its launch in April, Zero has been very popular. The series’ author and screenwriter Antonio Dikele Distefano hopes it will be a means of change.
“I always say that Italy is more of a country associated with tradition than a racist. In a country associated with tradition, change is very difficult.
“But I tell you, through these things-writing a novel, the possibility of making a series-I’m sure things can change.”
According to Netflix, this series is an example of its purpose in developing homemade dramas written, performed and directed by local talent.
Daniela Scattolin plays Sara in the series.
“For us in the Italian world, it was emotional, personally satisfying, and feeling better about ourselves,” she explained.
“For me, it wasn’t just a job.’Zero’was a contribution. What do you say, a contribution to change.”
“Zero” is suitable for distribution in several European languages and around the world.
Italian television series “Zero” wanting to break racial stereotypes
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