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Filmmaker Fred Kuwornu to Present Documentaries


Fred Kuwornu
Fred Kuwornu

Fred Kuwornu, an Italian filmmaker, producer and social advocate, will present and discuss three of his documentary films as part of his #Diversity-in-Media-Matters tour. The film schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Oct. 17, 18 lus Soli: an examination of the injustice faced by 18 girls and boys born to parents in Italy from Africa, Asia and South America
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in the Italian Cinema, looks at the role people of African descent have played and their representation in the Italian film industry
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, Inside Buffalo: provides a historic account of the 92nd Infantry Division, an African American segregated combat unit that fought in World War II.

All screenings will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center, and will be followed by a Q&A session. All are free and open to the public.

Kuwornu’s “#Diversity-In-Media-Matters” tour has taken him to colleges where he explores with students the issues of diversity, equality and integration. He was born and raised in Italy, and currently resides and works in Brooklyn. His mother was an Italian Jew, and his father was Ghanaian and immigrated to Italy in the early 1960s.

Kuwornu holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and mass media from the University of Bologna, and began his working career as a DJ and a producer while a teenager. He later moved on to work as a writer for RAI public television in Rome. Kuwornu’s first film experience was as a member of the production crew of Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna.

This event is organized by the Italian Studies Department and the Africana Studies Department, with the support of the Days-Massolo Center, and the Dean of Faculty’s Office.

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