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Screening of the documentary "BlaxploItalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema"



Screening of the documentary

by Fred Kudjo Kowornu

Screening of the documentary "BlaxploItalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema" by Fred Kudjo Kowornu  Tuesday, February 2nd at 6pm  Join film director Fred Kudjo Kowornu 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” Kudjo, 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. 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 Infantry “Buffalo Soldiers” Division, discovering and documenting the journey taken by the real 92nd Infantry veterans, and the entire African American segregated combat unit, which fought in Europe during WW II. Fred thus produced and directed the Award-winning documentary Inside Buffalo (“Best Documentary” at the Black Berlin International Cinema Festival). Inside Buffalo had viewings at the Pentagon, the Library of Congress and it received a letter of congratulations by President Barack Obama. 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 are not yet Italian citizens. He is the founder of the Association Diversity Italia promoting the importance of racial and ethnic diversity in Italy and Europe using film and other art forms as tools for building a more inclusive society. His next projects, with the new production company Do The Right Films Entertainment are: "Afropolti@n", a documentary about a contemporary concept of Pan Africanism, and "Blaxploitalian" a documentary about 100 Years of Blackness in the italian cinema. Fred Kuwornu had the privilege of being a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at conferences such as "Ethnicity, National Identity in Contemporary Italy" and   "Documentary for Social Change" at top universities like Yale, Berkeley, UCLA, NYU, Brown, Columbia, University of Toronto, Oxford University (in the UK) and others. While Mr. Kowornu 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.



Data: Mar 2 Feb 2016

Ingresso : Libero