Julie Mallozzi’s documentary films explore the fluidity of cultural identity and historical memory. Her subjects are often people who were displaced from one country to another, and manage to fuse or hybridize cultures in order to succeed in their new circumstances. At the heart of Julie’s interest are the ways in which cultural traditions are “repurposed” to address contemporary social problems.
A mother is devastated by the murder of her son. Instead of being vengeful she reaches out to her son’s killer and offers a chance at restorative justice. They team up with trauma survivors, criminal justice leaders, and Native American peacemakers to divert at-risk-youth from more violence – turning pain and anger into positive community change. (feature documentary, in progress)
Indelible Lalita is a poetic documentary about an Indian woman who completely loses her skin pigment as she migrates from Bombay to Paris to Montréal. Now 60 and appearing White, Lalita copes with a changing identity as she battles ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and heart failure. Lalita learns to let go of her body as the sign of her ethnicity and femininity, ultimately realizing that her body is just a temporary vessel for her spirit. (71 minutes, 2012)
Three Cambodian-American teenagers come of age in a world shadowed by their parents' nightmares of the Khmer Rouge. Traditional Cambodian dance links them to their parents’ culture, but fast cars, hip consumerism, and new romance pull harder. Gradually coming to appreciate their parents’ sacrifices, the three teens find a sense of themselves and begin to make good on their parents’ dreams. (65 minutes, 2004)
A young filmmaker travels to China to meet her mother's family for the first time, and gets caught in a web of politics and history. Weaving together dreams, archival footage, and scenes from her relatives' lives, she meditates on the complications of remembering and forgetting the past. (52 minutes, 1999)
From 1850 to 1930, over 200,000 orphan children were sent from New York and Boston to find homes in the Midwest. Trains full of kids would stop at small towns where local farmers came to indenture or adopt them. Julie's 16mm student film explores this little-known history through the eyes of the last surviving orphan train riders. (15 minutes, 1992)
Julie Mallozzi has been active as a freelance producer, cameraperson, and editor in Boston’s lively documentary community since 1992.
MY LOUISIANA LOVE
A young woman returns to her Native American community in Southeast Louisiana to find a man-made environmental crisis threatening her people’s way of life. She must overcome the loss of her house, her father, and her documentary partner – and redefine the meaning of home. By Sharon Linezo Hong and Monique Michelle Verdin. (Editor / Co-Producer, 2012)
SIX BILLION AND BEYOND
Nationally broadcast public television documentary explores population policy, reproductive health, and women's empowerment. By Linda Harrar Productions (Field Producer, 2000)