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March 31, 2016

18 Ius Soli: Film Screening with Director Fred Kuwornu
March 31, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m
100 Maybank, CofC campus

Fred Kuwornu is an Italian-Ghanaian activist, director, and producer. He will be at the College of Charleston on March 31st screening his documentary 18 Ius Soli. The film deals with the denial of citizenship to children born of immigrants in Italy. After the film, there will be a Q&A with the director.

He was 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. He worked alongside talents such as Laz Alonso (Jumping the Broom, Avatar, Fast and Furious); Omar Benson Miller (CSI Miami, 8 Miles); Michael Ealy; and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Matthew Libatique (Black Swan). Fred Kuwornu founded the non-profit organizatiion Diversity Italia promoting the importance of racial and ethnic diversity in Italy and Europe using film and other arts as tools for building a more inclusive society. His next projects are Paisan Soldiers, a documentary about Italian-Americans in World War II, and ’64, a film about the U.S. Civil Rights. 

Event sponsored by the African Studies Department and the French, Francophone and Italian Studies Department.

October 6-9, 2016

Italian Film Festival

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