Screening of "BlaxploItalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema" by Fred Kudjo Kuwornu

Jan 28, 2016 1120

Tuesday, February 2nd at 6pm - Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago - Join film director Fred Kudjo Kuwornu as he presents his latest documentary. Question and answers will follow.BlaxploItalian is a documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers seldom heard from before: Black actors in Italian cinema. BlaxploItalian cleverly discloses the personal struggles classic Afro-Italian and African diasporic actors faced, correlating it with the contemporary actors who work diligently to find respectable and significant roles.

More than an unveiling of history, it is a call-to-action for increased diversity and esteem in international cinema. Thus our alternative aim is for the stories in BlaxploItalian to serve as a call-to-action, with the intention of challenging worldwide mainstream filmmakers and audiences into calling for an enhancement and practicing of ethnic and racial diversity in casting for important roles within the international film/media industries.

Fred "Kudjo" Kuwornu, an activist-producer-writer-director, was born and raised in Italy and based in Brooklyn. His mother is an Italian Jew, and his father a Ghanaian surgeon who lived in Italy since the early 60's. Fred Kuwornu holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Mass Media, from the University of Bologna. As a teenager, he started his career as a DJ and Producer. Later, he moved to Rome where he began working as a TV show writer for RAI public television.

He worked on the production crew of Spike Lee's "Miracle at St. Anna" before he made the award-winning documentary, "Inside Buffalo," which tells the unknown story of the 92nd Infantry "Buffalo Soldiers" Division, the African American segregated combat unit, which fought in Europe during WW II. "Buffalo Soldiers" was awarded "Best Documentary" at the Black Berlin International Cinema Festival. In 2012, he released "18 IUS SOLI," which examines multiculturalism in Italy but also specifically looks at questions of citizenship for the one million children of immigrants born and raised in Italy but who are not yet Italian citizens.

While Mr. Kuwornu is in the United States, he will present "BlaxploItalian" at a number of Universities throughout the Chicagoland area.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.

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