Engleman Hall - Room A120
Fred Kudjo Kuwornu is an award-winning Italian-Ghanian filmmaker, who has produced and directed the documentaries Inside Buffalo (2010), 18 Ius Soli (2011), and Blaxploitalian: One Hundred Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema (2016). Kuwornu founded the non-profit organization Diversity Italia, which promotes racial and ethnic diversity in European media, using film and other arts as a tool for building social inclusion. His most recent projects are Afropeans, which examines the Black diaspora in Europe, and 65, about the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which addressed the legal barriers at state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote.
Italian Dreamers: Screening of 18 Ius Soli and Q&A with director Fred Kuwornu
Tuesday, March 20 at 12:30 p.m. in Engleman A120
The 2011 documentary examines issues of race, ethnicity, and national identity in 21st-century multicultural Italy. It includes interviews with 18 young men and women born in Italy to immigrant parents who have attended Italian schools, speak Italian, and see themselves as Italian; however they are not Italian citizens due to current law. Their struggle for citizenship and recognition has affinities with that of the Dreamers, undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children. 18 Ius Soli thus offers a unique perspective on not only contemporary Italian society, but also the immigrant movements and activism of "dreamers" around the world.
Inside Buffalo presented and discussed by director Fred Kuwornu
Tuesday, March 20 at 5 p.m. in Engleman A120
The award-winning documentary tells the story of the African-American soldiers of the segregated 92nd Infantry Division, nicknamed Buffalo Soldiers, who heroically fought Nazi troops side by side Italian partisans at the infamously unbreakable Gothic Line in in Central Italy.
Sponsored by the Italian section of the Department of World Languages and Literatures with the generous support of a Faculty Development Grant.