MONDO CANE is the original 'Shockumentary' sensation that launched the entire 'Mondo' genre, as well as its notorious hit sequels WOMEN OF THE WORLD and MONDO CANE 2. AFRICA ADDIO - here in both its devastating English version and rarely seen Director's cut - is the horrific portrait of the Dark Continent that ignited an international political firestorm. GOODBYE UNCLE TOM - and its even more incendiary Director's Cut - are perhaps the filmmakers' most controversial works, an epic depiction of the American slave trade and its brutal legacy that remain Among the most racially charged films ever made. And THE GODFATHERS OF MONDO is an all-new documentary by David Gregory on the films of Jacopetti & Prosperi featuring explosive interviews, never-before-seen footage, and much more.
Tiring of the travelogue approach, the pair headed to Africa to document the unrest that had erupted in the wake of colonial abandonment. The result, 1966's Africa Addio, was acclaimed for its disturbing images but also earned the duo charges that they had orchestrated on-screen executions. Though they were eventually acquitted, Jacopetti and Prosperi's reputations was irreparably marred. They attempted to amend the situation with Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971), an overripe fantasy that transported them to the pre-Civil War South to explore slavery. Unfortunately, its horrific violence further turned off audiences, and the duo split soon afterwards. Though the early titles are somewhat dated, and the later films are often overwhelmingly grotesque, the Mondo Cane Collection is a powerful visual experience that avoid the sheer exploitativeness of other mondo and their modern offspring. --Paul Gaita