"Most of all "Inside Buffalo" is at its very best when allowing some of the brave, thoughtful, humble, and intelligent former officers speak themselves. From them we get a sense of what W.E.B. Du Bois spoke of in characterizing what whites feared most about black leadership during Reconstruction-black intelligence.”
-- Jeffrey Sammons. Professor of History . NYU
“Inside Buffalo-They served America when America was not ready to serve them” undoubtedly qualifies as one of the most excellently produced documentaries that clearly and articulately brings out the wonderful story of the 92nd Buffalo division.
The 92nd Buffalo division was a combat unit that was firstly all African-American and therefore largely segregated because that was the order of the day, particularly during WWII. Nevertheless, despite the segregation, the unit fought with what was classified as outstanding heroism in Italy during the height of the World War II. They were fighting a battle against racial segregation as well.
Upon their return to the US, these men were rightfully recognized and honored, a recognition that someone contributed towards the intensification of the civil rights movement.
Director Fred Kuwornu, an Italian filmmaker of African heritage, searches out little-known aspects of the story, including details of the friendships forged between African American soldiers and the Italian partisan fighters and villagers they liberated from fascist rule. It was a 2008 meeting with Spike Lee who was shooting Miracle at St. Anna on location in Tuscany -- that inspired Kuwornu to start this very personal voyage of discovery culminating in the powerful documentary.
As we move into a protracted period of social distancing, we understand educators need to move their curricula into the digital sphere. As a result, we're glad to announce that "Inside Buffalo" now can be purchased on digital file and can be added to your department streaming library or other educational video sharing platform (Canvas, Classroom, Zoom). See the term of License
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