Screening and Q A Celebrating Black History Month with Italian Ghanaian Director and Activist Fred Kuwornu

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
821 Anderson Hall 1114 Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, born and raised in Italy, is an Italian – Ghanaian activist, producer, writer, and director based in Brooklyn, NY and Rome. In 2010, after working with the production crew of Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna 2008 , he produced and directed the award-winning documentary Inside Buffalo, about the untold story of the African-American soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division, who valiantly fought side-by-side with Italian partisans against the Nazis along the Gothic Line, mainly in Tuscany. 18 lus Soli, based on interviews with 18 successful young men and women born in Italy of immigrant parents, followed in 2011. Kuwornu founded the non-profit organization Diversity Italia, to promote the importance of racial and ethnic diversity in Europe, using film and other media as tools for building a more inclusive society. Blaxploitalian is a documentary on the representation of blackness in Italian films since 1914, when the movie Salambò, by Domenico Gaudio starring an actor of African descent for the first time in Italian cinema , was released. The documentary covers more than a century, from silent and colonial cinema to contemporary cinema. It focuses on the contribution of African American actors such as John Kitzmiller, Harold Bradley and Fred Williamson, about African Italian actors such as Zeudi Araya, Ines Pellegrini, Iris Peynado, Fiona May, and more. Hundreds of African Italian and African American actors starred in Neorealist films, in historical and mythological movies, in comedies from the Nineteen Sixties, in detective films from the Nineteen Seventies, and in other comedic genres, including the so-called Sexy Comedy Italian style.

Welcome from Pier Attinio Forlano, Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia.

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, Education Abroad Office, Global Studies Program, and Departments of Sociology, Anthropology, and Africology and African American Studies

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