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Kuwornu, Fred

Posted on May 22, 2014 in Filmmakers Database, K | 0 comments

Fred Kuwornu

Fred Kuwornu (Fred Kudjo Kuwornu)

Director, screenwriter, producer and actor (Bologna, Italy, 9.6.1971)

Born in Bologna of Ghanaian-born father and Italian mother, he graduated at Bologna University in Communication Sciences. He collaborated as author and host in some radio stations based in Emilia Romagna and Veneto. In 2003 he moved to Rome, where he started an activity of author of TV formats and programs. Founder and president of association Diversity, he created Struggle Filmworks and later Do the Right Films Entertainment. In 2007 he worked as an extra and body double of Michael Ealy in Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna. Inside Buffalo, his first documentary on the experience of Buffalo Soldiers in the liberation of Italy during the WWII, was realized in a double version, Italian and American, and was widely screened and distributed in US universities. 18 ius soli is dedicated to the battle for citizenship rights led by Italian second generation boys and girls, and that one too has been widely acclaimed and diffused in Italy and in US.

Living currently between Bologna and New York, in May 2016 Kuwornu joined the collective #peruncinemadiverso to campaign for the launch of politics for diversity in Italian film and TV industry, together with Nadia Kibout, Alfie Nze Reda Zine and other directors, programmers and critics.

Kuwornu premiered his new documentary Blaxploitalian - 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema in October 2016 at Rome Film Festival, and to launch in this occasion the campaign “United Artists for Italy” aimed to promote diversity politics in Italian film and TV industry. Kuwornu has also a project of documentary on the musician and composer James Senese.

Italian Filmography

Un papà quasi perfetto (Maurizio Dell’Orso, 2003, tvms, act), Miracle at St. Anna (Spike Lee, 2007, ff, act), Inside Buffalo (2010, doc, sc, d, pr), 18 ius soli (2011, doc, d, sc, pr), Blaxploitalian – 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema (2016, doc, d, sc, pr)


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Contributors: Leonardo De Franceschi, with Luigi Forgione and Renata Ornella Orlando

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