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Dale 'Rage' Resteghini Rewrites History In Controversial New Film Series
'Cracka' Imagines A World Where Black Americans Persecute White
Filmmaker Dale 'Rage' Resteghini
 
Dale ‘Rage’ Resteghini, an acclaimed music video director, popular for his work with artists Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, and Ice Cube, among others, is wrapping principle photography on his latest film project, Cracka.   Starring Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Kathryn Kates  and Keke Palmer, the independent series will shine a spotlight on present day Neo Nazi White supremacists.
 
“The current hate-state of Donald Trump’s America is not only encouraging racist groups to come out from hiding, it is emboldening them to preach and teach their hate to others,” he said this week from the film’s set in Barryville, NY, a location he chose because it resembles the middle-American towns where many Trump supporters live. “My goal with the film is to tell a story that might help white people understand what its like to be a black person in America today.”
 
In Cracka, Rage turns history on its head, presenting a world where white people are the minority, suffering at the hands of blacks.  
 

Hakeem Kae-Kazim, best known for his portrayal of Georges Rutaganda in the 2004 drama film Hotel Rwanda, plays the role of a sinister slave owner and plantation mogul.  It was a part he was reluctant to take.   “Hakeem insisted on meeting me face-to-face in Los Angeles before he signed to be a part of the film,” recalls Rage.  “He wanted to look me in my eyes and make sure this project wasn’t some superficial attempt to cash in on racism and the divide that Trump and his administration are forcing upon the USA."
 
Kathryn Kates, who played Jason Biggs’ mother in Orange Is The New Black, plays a mother again, but this time it’s of a vicious white supremacist. 
 
Keke Palmer, who first rose to prominence for her breakthrough role in Akeelah and the Bee as well as starring in Madea’s Family Reunion, plays a significant role in Cracka, but specifics are being kept under wraps for now. “All I can say is Keke takes the film to a level that will, I hope, be revolutionary,” says Rage.
 
In Cracka, Rage intends for audiences to see, hear, feel and even smell the impact of white slavery. “The problem with learning history from books is we don’t have any connection to it.  White people need to feel the dirt and rocks on our backs as we are dragged by horses and the hot burn of a tight rope around our necks as we are strung up to hang.”
 

 
Dale ‘Rage’ Resteghini’s first independent film, Colorz of Rage, was a critical and  commercial smash.   He used its success to found his own film production company, Raging Nation, with wife Kim Resteghini, and today, holds the distinction of being the only filmmaker in history to have directed over 1000 music videos from both hip hop and rock artists.
 
“I can’t sing and I can’t rap, but I’ve proven that I can create visually captivating worlds,” he says.  “In this next phase of my career, I’m focusing on bringing new life to history books. If I can inspire one young devout Neo Nazi, KKK, Trump supporter or Skinhead to pause and think for a moment about the cruelty and harm we white people have inflicted on black people, I have done my job”. 


 For more information, visit the film's website.

Written by Paul Hutnick

Freelance writer

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