The most racist and censored Italian Fascist propaganda blockbuster ever returns after 80 years

When and Where

Thursday, January 27, 2022 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Online via Zoom - see event description for further information


Luca Martera


This is the full story of the most fascist, racist, anti-American, and anti-Semitic Italian full feature film- and for all of these reasons - also the most censored. Harlem is the first boxing propaganda movie ever made, by order of the Italian Fascist regime to portray Americans as being corrupt and controlled by Jews and Blacks. The 1943 film was directed by Carmine Gallone and shot in a replica of New York City, cleverly reproduced at Cinecittà studios (the hub of Italian cinema, on the outskirts of Rome).

Luca Martera is an Italian-born media maker. He has been creating content for Italian films, TV and web industries since 1998, and working between the United States and Italy for the last ten years, producing documentaries and TV specials on behalf of main Italian TV networks regarding history, show business, lifestyles and current affairs tied to the two countries.

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All times stated in Eastern time.

Contact Information

Department of Italian Studies


Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies - University of Toronto