Basically, this blog was born as a spin-off research of a book called L’Africa in Italia: Per una controstoria postcoloniale del cinema italiano (Roma: Aracne editrice, 2013) and edited by Leonardo De Franceschi. The domain was registered on February 2013 by Associazione Culturale Yeelen, formally ceased in December 2016, while Rainbow Submarine was born in November 2016 to continue the legacy. All the initiatives promoted by Rainbow Submarine are supervised by Maria Coletti and Leonardo De Franceschi.
Maria Coletti, BA, PhD, works for the Italian National Film Archive (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale). She received the Filippo Sacchi Award for her graduation thesis “La storia, le storie. Böll e il Nuovo Cinema Tedesco: non riconciliati” (Rome University “La Sapienza”). She obtained a doctorate in film studies at Roma Tre University with a research on the image of women in Sub-Saharan Cinemas and got a post doc with a project on colonial Italian cinema, published on La Valle dell’Eden (2004) and on the 5th volume of Storia del cinema italiano 1895-2000 (2006). Beyond some essays and articles, she published the following monographs: Di Diaspro e di corallo – L’immagine della donna nel cinema dell’Africa Nera Francofona (Turin: Fondazione Scuola Nazionale Di Cinema, 2001), Souleymane Cissé – Con gli occhi dell’eternità (Turin: Kaplan, 2011) and Carmelo Bene – Il cinema, oppure no (Rome: Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, 2012).
With Leonardo De Franceschi she directed the film festival Panafricana – Le mille Afriche del cinema a Roma (2002-07) and in 2006 created the website Cinemafrica – Africa e diaspore nel cinema (cinemafrica.org).
Maria’s articles were published in the following magazines and journals: Africa e Mediterraneo, afriche e orienti, Africultures, Bianco e Nero, Close-Up, il Manifesto, Quaderni del CSCI, Sentieri selvaggi.
Leonardo De Franceschi, BA, PhD, teaches Postcolonial Theories and Experiences in Film and Media at Roma Tre University. He’s interested to study and promote African and diasporic cinemas and to analyze the representation of Africa and Afrodescendent communities in international cinemas. Beyond some essays and articles, he dedicated to those topics three monographs: Il film “Lo Straniero” di L. Visconti – Dalla pagina allo schermo (Roma: Biblioteca di Bianco & Nero, 1999), Hudud! Un viaggio nel cinema del Maghreb (Rome: Bulzoni, 2005) and Con gli occhi dell’eternità – Il cinema di Souleymane Cissé. He edited the volumes Lo sguardo eclettico – Il cinema di Mario Monicelli (Venice: Marsilio, 2001) and Cinema/Pittura – Dinamiche di scambio (Turin: Lindau, 2003).
With Maria Coletti he directed the film festival Panafricana – Le mille Afriche del cinema a Roma (2002-07) and in 2006 created the website Cinemafrica – Africa e diaspore nel cinema (cinemafrica.org).
Leonardo’s articles were published in the following magazines: Africa e Mediterraneo, afriche e orienti, Bianco e Nero, CinemAction, Cinergie, Close-Up, Eidos, Imago, Iperstoria, Parole chiave, Quaderni del CSCI, Sentieri selvaggi, The Postcolonialist.
Concept: Leonardo De Franceschi
Editors-in-chief: Maria Coletti and Leonardo De Franceschi
Web Designer: Daniele Giovannini
Logo: Claudio Gnessi, in collaboration with Renato Cimagalli, from an idea by Maria Coletti
Model: Gamey Malatesta Guilavogui
Photo: Dario Li Gioi
Backstage shooting: Alice Iammartino
Editorial contributors: Alessio Altieri, Andrea Capruzzi, Iman Childs, Giovanna Di Martino, Isabella Fabrizi, Lisa Ferri, Claudia Floridia, Luigi Forgione, Renato Loriga, Simone Neri, Renata Ornella Orlando, Daria Picardi, Francesco Russo, Sara Talevi, Ylenia Talevi, Nick Wale
Associazione Culturale Yeelen, 2012-16; Rainbow Submarine, 2016-17