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DOCUMENTING BLACK ITALY: Black Lives Matter in Italy and the legacy of Colonialism

  • 11 Nov 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • ONLINE / Free or with Suggested Donation


  • Once registration is complete, you will receive the Zoom link closer to the event
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DOCUMENTING BLACK ITALY is a series of conversations about the lives of contemporary Afro-Italians lead by Italian-Ghanaian filmmaker-activist-educator Fred Kudjo Kuwornu.


November 11th, 2021
December 9th, 2021
February 3rd, 2022

6:30 - 7:30 PM CST

Everyone is encouraged to register for all the three events.

Black Lives Matter in Italy and the Legacy of Colonialism
Thursday, November 11th, 6:30-7:30 PM

This multi-media lecture aims to give a cultural and semantic framework to interpret the current condition in Italy within the context of past of Italian Colonialism. Considering the differences between racism in the USA and in Italy, the topics covered will be as follows: When was racism born in Italy? Who are the Afro-Italian activists? What is the composition and the history of the Black Italy movement? What battle is black activism in Italy currently engaged in? 


Representing Blackness in Italy (from Art History to nowadays)
Thursday, December 9th, 6:30-7:30 PM
ONLINE / IN ENGLISH / FREE  Click here to register

Black Italians and Digital Culture in Contemporary Italy 
Thursday, February 3rd, 6:30-7:30 PM
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Fred Kudjo Kuwornu is an Italian-Ghanaian filmmaker, activist, educator, producer, born and raised in Italy and based in New York. He is best known as the director of critically acclaimed documentaries such as Blaxploitalian, Inside Buffalo and 18 IUS SOLI. His documentaries deal with political and social themes, such as racism, interracial relations, diversity, Afro-Italians and Black diasporic identity in Italy and the African diaspora in the world. 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 Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Bologna, Italy with a focus on sociology and mass communication studies. After work on 2007 Spike Lee’s film “Miracle at St’ Anna”, Kuwornu produced and directed the Award-winning historical documentary Inside Buffalo, about the African-American segregated 92nd Infantry Division which fought in Europe during Second World War. Inside Buffalo had viewings at the Pentagon, the Library of Congress and it received a letter of congratulations by President Barack Obama. In 2016, He released “ Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Black in Italian Cinema ”, a diasporic, hybrid, historical, critical, dimensional and cosmopolitan documentary about actors of African descent in Italian cinema. In 2020, he was the voice over for the Italian version of the Netflix educational show Bookmarks-Celebrating Black Voices. On July 2021, He launched the platform and "Teaching Black Itay" a one week refresher online course for teachers which explores the contemporary presence of the African diaspora in Italy. The first edition of the course has been joined by 95 professors and scholars of Italian studies. For more details on Fred Kuwornu’s biography, please visit  

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