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Tuesday, October 6

Black Lives Matter Italy and the Legacy of Italian Colonialism
10:00 am
Fred Kuwornu
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of French & Italian
Kenneth Reilly
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Fred Kudjo Kuwornu is an activist-producer-filmmaker born and raised in ltaly and based in Brooklyn. His mother is an ltalian Jew, and his father a Ghanaian surgeon who lived in ltaly since the early 60's. Fred Kuwornu holds a Bachelor's degree in Politica! Science and Mass Media.

After his experience working with the production crew of Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna, Fred decided to research the unknown story of the 92nd lnfantry "Buffalo Soldiers" Division, discovering and documenting the journey taken by the real 92nd lnfantry veterans, and the entire African American segregated combat unit, which fought in Europeduring WW Il. This research resulted in the award-winning documentary lnside Buffalo ("Best Documentary" at the Black Berlin lnternational Cinema Festival), which had screenings at the Pentagon and the Library of Congress, and received a letter of congratulations from President Barack Obama. In 2012, he released 18 IUS SOLI, which examines multiculturalism in ltaly but also specifically looks at questions of citizenship for the one million children of immigrants born and raised in ltaly but not yet ltalian citizens.ln 2016 he produced Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Blackness in ltalian Cinema. He is currently developing a concept platform "Blaq•IT" about Black ltalian History.

Sponsored by the Lucci-Cornetti Fund and the European Studies Center's Year of Creating Europe

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