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Screening of "18 Ius Soli," with director Fred Kudjo Kuwornu



Screening of

A documentary about ethnicity, national identity, and multiculturalism in contemporary Italy

The strange case of citizenship in modern Italy

There are presently 1,000,000 young people who were born in Italy, speak Italian fluently, have studied in Italian schools and have lived in Italy all their lives, yet, they are not entitled to Italian citizenship.

18 Ius Soli is a 2012 award-winning documentary about the issue of the citizenship for more than 1,000,000 youths born in Italy. It has received the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Premio Ilaria Alpi, and the Mutti Prize. This documentary examines the law that denies citizenship to young people born in Italy to immigrant parents. It follows the stories of 18 girls and boys born and raised in Italy whose parents are originally from African, Asian, and South American countries and who moved to and have lived in different areas of Italy for many years. They are children of immigrants: they go to school in Italy, speak the language and dialects, have never even been to the countries that their parents are from, nor do they speak their parents' language. Yet they are not recognized as Italian citizens. To obtain Italian citizenship, they have to go through a lengthy and complicated application process and can only do so after they've turned 18 years old - a process that doesn't always end positively for the applicant, resulting in serious and unavoidable problems of social inclusion and identity. The title Ius Soli refers to the Latin term for birthright citizenship. It's the right to citizenship determined by the place of one's birth (such as in the US). In contrast there is the Ius Sanguinis (the right of blood), applied in Italy, Germany and Eastern Europe, which grants citizenship only to those that can prove that at least one parent or grand-parent is/was a citizen of that nation.

Director and producer Fred Kuwornu will attend the screening and lead a conversation afterwards.

Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, born and raised in Italy, is an Italian-Ghanaian activist-producer-writer-director. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Mass Media. After college, Fred moved to Rome where he began working as a TV show writer for RAI 1. He has produced several works with his production company, Struggle Filmworks. In 2008, after working with the production crew of Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna (2008), Fred decided to research the unknown story of the 92nd Infantry “Buffalo Soldiers” Division, discovering the journey taken by the real 92nd veterans, the African American segregated combat unit which fought in Europe during WW II. Fred then produced and directed the award-winning documentary Inside Buffalo. Inside Buffalo was awarded “Best Documentary” at the Black Berlin International Cinema Festival, and has been shown at the Pentagon, the Library of Congress, and many other venues including the top U.S. Black Film Festivals.

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Calendar of the screenings:

3 Ohio State University, Columbus (OH)

5 Western Illinois Macomb (IL)

6 St. Louis (MO)

7 St. Louis (MO)

8 St. Louis (MO)

12 Michigan State University, East Lansing (MI)

13 Trumane State University, Kirksville MO

14 Trumane State University, Kirksville MO

17 Indiana University, Bloomington (IN)

18 Indiana University, Bloomington (IN)

19 Indiana University, Bloomington (IN)

20 Case University, Cleveland (OH)

21 IIC Chicago (IL)


Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

Entrance : Free