The OSU Film Studies Program, The Department of French and Italian, The Department of African American Studies and The Wexner Center for the Arts are proud to welcome The American Association for Italian Studies and The Canadian Society for Italian Studies for a documentary screening, Friday, April 21st. The screening of Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema will be featured as part of the two societies' joint conference.
About the Film Maker:
"Fred 'Kudjo' Kudjo is an activist-producer-director-speaker born and raised in Italy and based in Brooklyn. His mother is an Italian Jew, and his father 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. After his experience, working with the production crew of Spike Lee film's 'Miracle at St. Anna,' in 2010 Fred Kuwornu produced and directed the Award-winning documentary Inside Buffalo about the African-American veterans who fought in Italy during World War II.
In 2012, he released '18 IUS SOLI' which examines Afro-Italians in Italy but also specifically looks at questions of citizenship for the one million children of immigrants born and raised in Italy but not yet Italian citizens. In 2016, He released
'Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema.' His next projects, with the production company Do The Right Films Entertainment is: 'BlackItaliano,' a documentary about a contemporary concept of Italian and African descents." (From the official 'Blaxploitalian' website)