Please join Scuola Italiana di Portland on Sunday, August 16, 2020, from 10:00am – 11:00am via Zoom for a donation-based talk with Italian documentarian Fred Kuwornu about his documentary Blaxpliotalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema. On his Do The Right Films website, the documentary is described as “diasporic, hybrid, historical, critical, and cosmopolitan dimension documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers seldom heard from before: African-American and African descent actors in Italian cinema.” This will be a fascinating and unflinching discussion focusing on the history of Blackness in Italian film.

You can watch the trailer for the film here:

Learn more about Fred Kuwornu and his work here:

This is a donation-based event, so please donate what you can. All proceeds will go to support the Black Lives Matter movement here in Portland, OR. Donations will be given to Don’t Shoot PDX and we will announce the amount we raise via our Facebook page.

This is an online event, so please ensure that you have a smart phone, tablet, or computer that has internet access as well as video and audio capabilities.

Mr. Kuwornu has generously provided the movie to be shared with our attendees before the event. If you would like to watch the movie, I will send you the information upon registration.

To register, please take the following steps:Make your donation here: with the following information: (a) your donation amount, so that we can track it, and (b) your name and email address.A confirmation will be sent, along with information to watch the movie.We will send the Zoom information as the date gets closer.
Fred Kudjo Kuwornu is an Italian-Ghanaian activist-producer-educator-filmmaker, born and raised in Italy and based in New York where He founded his company production DO THE RIGHT FILMS. 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, 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. In 2012, he released the documentary “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 Blackness in Italian Cinema” a diasporic, hybrid, historical, critical, and cosmopolitan dimension documentary about African descent actors in Italian cinema. Currently, He is producing a concept platform “Blaq•IT” to celebrate and empower the Black Italians Experience in Italy. He has lectured in more than 200 Universities and He taught courses of filmmaking and “Black Italians and Digital Culture” in US universities.