IL MORO – THE MOOR: a Real Black Duke, Beyond Fiction

The award winning period drama, Il Moro will have its in person world premiere at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. This stunning directorial debut by Daphne Di Cinto has won 2022 Best Italian Short Film at Rome’s Fabrique du Cinema Awards and will feature at the 30th anniversary of the Oscar qualifying festival, running April 18th to May 4th 2022.

Il Moro, which translates to ‘the Moor’ – the obscure Duke’s nickname, is a beautifully shot 22 minute short based on the life of Alessandro de’ Medici, the very first Duke of Florence, who also happened to be mixed-race, son of a woman of African descent and of Pope Clement VII. A timely story, with strong, subtle performances from seasoned actors, Alberto Boubakar Malanchino, Paolo Sassanelli, Balkissa Maiga as well as from newcomer Andrea Melis and an incredible soundtrack by The Niro, performed by Loretta Grace and Lorenzo Tronconi, have only added to the anticipation of the film’s release felt by the growing global community around the film.

The piece aims to give voice and representation to Europeans of African descent. Di Cinto, who played Sarah Basset in the Netflix series Bridgerton, explains “Il Moro aims to be an ode to self-love for Black-Italians, Afropeans and the African diaspora, a reminder that we are an integral part of European history beyond the way it has portrayed us up until now”. She adds that “this isn’t just black history, it’s an intersection, the prelude to a diverse society that should have been honored generations ago. Part of Greenlight Project’s mission is to spotlight characters that have been painted out of the picture and restore a positive and inspiring perception of black identity today.”

Associate Producer Taylor Re’ Lynn stated: “I was so moved by the first black Western European head state’s story, told though an Afro-European female director’s lense. I am so glad this narrative of hope is being shared with such creative power.”

Co-Producer Yasmine Holness-Dove adds that, “Il Moro isn’t a film about race and being black, it’s about belonging, self-identity and stepping up into leadership. It’s about taking ownership of your circumstances regardless of how uncomfortable or ugly things get. These are universal themes that most of us can relate to and, I’m sure, real issues the first Duke of Florence would have had to contend with.”

Alessandro de’ Medici is legitimized into the Medici family, one of the most prestigious Italian families of its time. But the son of an enslaved African woman and Pope Clement VII is haunted by the stigma of his low birth of him and a mother he only barely remembers. When he unexpectedly becomes the first Duke of Florence, Alessandro must come to terms with his roots from him and is forced to face his father’s inability to accept him, while fending off his cousin’s power-hungry attacks from him. Based on true events.

“Alessandro de’ Medici was the only person of color in the room over five hundred years ago. His of him is a story of extraordinary human grace bounded by a structural hierarchy designed to assassinate his humanity of him. This first Duke of Florence indeed inhabited some remarkable spaces and this motion picture shines a light on all of it. It was a deep joy to help bring this one to the people,” noted Associate Producer Franklin Eugene.

The director is working on expanding the short film and developing it into a series.

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In the meanwhile, if you can’t catch a screening at PAFF, your eyes may feast on the movie trailer:

Contact Info:
Name: Daphne Di Cinto
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Organization: Greenlight Project
Address: 7b Queens Road Design Centre, 54-58 Queens Road, Doncaster DN1 2NH

Release ID: 89073604

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