Julie Mallozzi’s films explore the ways cultural traditions from around the globe intersect, hybridize, and are turned to new social purposes far from their original context. Her documentary Monkey Dance (2004) reveals how traditional Cambodian dance – blended with hip-hop – helps three Cambodian-American teens navigate the minefields of gangs, drugs, and teen pregnancy in Lowell, Massachusetts. Monkey Dance was broadcast nationally on public television and screened at festivals in seven countries.
Her film and two-channel installation Indelible Lalita (2012) unpacks the complex identity of a woman who migrates from Bombay to Paris to Montréal as her body is painfully transformed by cancer and skin pigment loss. Indelible Lalita was broadcast on World Channel and screened at museums, universities, and festivals around the world. Mallozzi recently completed Circle Up (2017), a feature documentary about a group of Boston mothers who seek true justice for their murdered sons. Delving into a deep emotional narrative, this film shows how indigenous peacemaking circle practices offer these mothers – and their community – a sense of humanity and restorative justice when faced with the ultimate trauma. Early in her career, she explored her own Chinese-Italian-American heritage in the film Once Removed (1999). Mallozzi received her BA from Harvard University and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Mallozzi has taught at Harvard, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston University, and Rhode Island School of Design.
Still from Circle Up, 2017
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