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Dr Zoppelletto is a documentary filmmaker and Visiting Lecturer at University of Westminster. Her research “Decolonisation through ‘development films’: constructing and re-constructing the Zairian spirit on film” examines post-independence identity through government-sponsored films of Congo’s Second Republic (1965-1997). Her ongoing interest is the rescue and rehabilitation of film archives in the Democratic Republic of Congo for which she works with ADACO Administration des Droits d'Auteurs, the institution for copyright administration of the DRC.

She has over ten years’ experience in TV production, having worked as a news producer for the London correspondence bureau of the Italian National Broadcasting Company RAI and as factual content writer and producer for the Italian network Antenna Tre Nordest. Her directorial debut, the documentary La Belle at the Movies (2015), has screened at more than twenty international film festivals, including at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan, New York and at the BFI, London in 2019.

Teaching

2017: Film BA - Module: Film Theory and Analysis: Hollywood and Genre

2017-18: Film BA: Thesis Supervision

2018: Film BA - Module: Film Theory and Analysis: Hollywood and Genre

2018-19: Film BA: Thesis Supervision

2019: Film BA - Module: Film Theory and Analysis: Hollywood and Genre

2019: Film BA - Module: Art of Cinema

2019-20: Film BA: Thesis Supervision

2020: Film BA - Module: Art of Cinema

Research

Decolonisation through ‘Development Films’: Constructing and Re-Constructing the Zairian Spirit on Film 

An investigation of the creation of the "Zairian" identity on film as an attempt of decolonisation by the Mobutu regime, through the films recovered at the RTNC National Film Archives of the Democratic Republic of Congo