2023-2024 Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature & the Arts: Reimagining Community In Cinema

Maka Film Screening

Film Screening: Maka


Maka is a documentary about Geneviève Makaping, a Cameroonian-Italian anthropologist, writer and the first Black woman to be named the director of a newspaper in Italy. The film offers a detailed account of Makaping’s journey of migration from Cameroon across the desert and the ocean, her arrival in Italy in 1982 following the tragic death of her partner, her success as a journalist and television host, and her more recent relocation and current teaching job in Mantua. Maka explores how the perception of migration and race has changed since Makaping first came to Italy in the 1990s. Maka is a bold statement about what it means to be “other,” to be a woman, and particularly a Black woman, in Italy.

A Q&A session with the director Elia Moutamid, moderated by UR’s Dr. Lidia Radi, will follow the screening.

Presented through generous support by the UR School of Arts and Sciences; Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Office of International Education; and Italian Language & Culture Club.