Cinema and Photography

A conversation with filmmaker and activist Fred Kudjo KUWORNU about “Inside Buffalo”: the story of unsung African American Heroes of the 92nd Division in World War II

A conversation with filmmaker and activist FRED KUDJO KUWORNU about his film INSIDE BUFFALO about African American soldiers in Italy.

Date And Time

Sat, August 8, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Location: Online Event

The event is a POST SCREENING panel discussion. Participants are highly encouraged to watch the movie Inside Buffalo at any time BEFORE the event. The movie is available for rent for $2.99 here:

Discussion will be led by Angela Zagarella (Portland State University) and Phillip Potestio (Portland Bologna Sister City Association).

Please register here. Once you RSVP, a link to the Zoom event and password will be emailed to you.

About the filmmaker:

Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, is a filmmaker activist-producer-educator, born and raised in Bologna, Italy to an Italian Jewish mother and a Ghanaian father. 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 writing for RAI public television.

Fred was an assistant on the set of the film ‘Miracle at St. Anna‘, the 2008 film by Spike Lee about the Nazi massacre in St. Anna di Stazzema (Italy). Following that experience, Fred made his documentary Inside Buffalo. In 2010 Inside Buffalo won the award for best documentary at the Berlin Film Festival, gaining public recognition from Presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Giorgio Napolitano. In 2012, he released 18 Ius Soli which examines multiculturalism in Italy, specifically focusing on questions of citizenship for the one million children of immigrants born and raised in Italy, but not yet Italian citizens. In 2016, Fred released: Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Black in Italian Cinema an in depth, historical, and critical documentary about actors of African descent in Italian cinema.

Fred currently splits his time between Bologna and New York City.

The event is organized in conjunction with Portland State University World Languages Department/Italian.