I'M AN ORIGINAL CATCHPHRASE
Fred Kudjo Kuwornu is a filmmaker activist-producer-educator, born and raised in Italy and based in Brooklyn. His mother is an Italian Jew, and his father is 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.
In 2016, he released:
"Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Black in Italian Cinema" a diasporic, hybrid, historical, critical, and cosmopolitan
dimension documentary . African descent actors in Italian cinema. In 2019 he produce " Blaq Italiano" one of the first vertical web doc series.
Fred believes using film and other art forms are tools for building a more inclusive society.
More thanks 300 Universities around the world hosted a screening/lectures by Fred Kuwornu .
He teaches courses of:
"Documentary for Social Change"
"Diversity Digital Culture in Italy"
He had the privilege of being a guest lecturer and speaker at conferences such as:
2018 Afro/Black Paris symposium , Dartmouth College
2017 Annual API (Association of Professional Italianists in South Africa) Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa
2017 American Association for Italian Studies and the Canadian Society for Italian Studies Annual Conference at Ohio State University, USA
2017 Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies International Conference at American University of Rome, Italy.
2016 ALA African Literature Association Annual Conference in Atlanta, USA
2016 Intersections 2016: Crossing Italian Borders in Music, Art, Literature, Theater, and Cinema in Florence, Italy.
2015 Black Portraiture[s] II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-staging Histories New York University - 2015 Conference in Florence
2014 Black Europe Summer School in Amsterdam, Netherlands