TWO DOCUMENTARIES BY FRED KUWORNU
Followed by a Q&A with the director
Inside Buffalo is the story of the 92nd Infantry Division—the first African-American combat unit to fight in World War II—and the Italians who recall the valor, generosity and heroism of the “Buffalo Soldiers” who fought alongside them. (2010; Italian with English subtitles)
Wednesday, January 29 at 6 pm
University of Rochester
18 Ius Soli
18 Ius Soli tells the stories of 18 young people born and raised in Italy, whose parents are originally from Africa, Asia and Latin America. They go to school in Italy, they speak the language and dialects, yet they are not recognized as Italian citizens. (2012; Italian with English subtitles)
Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures at 585-275-4252.
Cosponsored by the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures, the Frederick Douglass Institute for African & African-American Studies, and the Film & Media Studies Program at the University of Rochester; and Casa Hispana, Casa Italiana, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for International Education, the Center for Public History, the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, the Institute for Pluralism, the International Studies Program, Maison Française and the Office of Veterans’ Affairs at Nazareth College; with the generous support of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.
Thursday, January 30 at 6 pm
Shults Center Forum
Inside Buffalo (2010) tells the history of the 92nd “Buffalo Soldiers” Infantry Division, the first African American combat unit to fight in World War II. This documentary was produced after director Fred Kuwornu’s working as a production assistant on Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna (2008), the first feature-length film to tell the story of the Buffalo Soldiers. For Italians who lived through the war, the story of the Buffalo Soldiers is one of true American heroism. In this documentary, Italians recall the valor and generosity of African Americans soldiers who fought alongside them. Fueled by their love of freedom and struggling with their allegiance to a country that denied them opportunities, Buffalo Soldiers sacrificed their lives to ensure civil rights for future generations.
Inside Buffalo won “Best Documentary” at the Black Berlin International Film Festival. For more information, visit http://www.insidebuffalo.org.
18 Ius Soli
18 Ius Soli (2012) is a grassroots Italian documentary that tells the stories of 18 young people born and raised in Italy whose parents are originally from African, Asian, and Latin American countries. They are children of immigrants; they go to school in Italy, they speak the language and dialects, they have never visited the countries that their parents are from, nor do they speak their parents’ language. Yet, they are not recognized as Italian citizens.
18 Ius Soli not only examines multiculturalism in Italy, but also specifically looks at questions of citizenship, an issue that resonates with the rise of immigrant youth activism in the United States. For US screenings, Fred Kuwornu leads a Q&A discussion about the parallels between the struggles for full citizenship by youth of foreign-born parents in Italy and undocumented youth in the United States. Whether it’s called protecting “Fortress Europe” or “Homeland Security,” border control, undocumented status, and access to citizenship are global issues
Fred Kudjo Kuwornu
Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, born and raised in Italy, is an Italian-Ghanaian activist/producer/writer/director. He studied Political Science and Mass Media. He has produced several documentaries with his production company, Struggle Filmworks, and has worked alongside such talent as Derek Luke (Captain America
; Catch a Fire
; Lions for Lambs
); Laz Alonso (Jumping the Broom
; Fast & Furious
); Omar Benson Miller (CSI: Miami
; 8 Mile
). Fred Kuwornu founded the non-profit organization Diversity Italia to promote the importance of racial and ethnic diversity in Italy and Europe, using film and other arts as tools for building a more inclusive society. His next project is ’64
, a film about the US Civil Rights movement.