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Netflix's Upcoming Series, 'Zero,' Will Be The First To Explore Afro-Italian Culture
Streaming platform Netflix continues to dominate when it comes to introducing international content. From the stacked catalog of Nollywood and South African films and shows, to Lupin which featured a Black Frenchman as its lead.
On Apr. 21 it will release the first Italian series, Zero, centering on the Black Italian experience from a young man’s perspective.
The show was written and directed by 27-year-old Italian-born Antonio Dikele Distefano. Distefano was born to Angolan parents and says the show will have heavy rap influence because “rap is the language of my generation.”
The series will follow a young man named Zero who has the power to know “the reality of things and people that is concealed behind appearances,” as reported by Shadow and Act.
“For me–a Black kid who is Italian, like Zero, and who owes everything to Italy–the most beautiful thing is that this will be the first series in which the protagonists will be Black Italian kids,” Distefano said in a previous interview.
There is no word on how many episodes the series will bring.