This documentary tells the story of the African American combat unit that fought in Italy in World War II
The screenings to be followed by Q&A with Director Fred Kuwornu.
Special Guest: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
Honored Guest: Mrs. Arlene Fox the widow of Lt John Fox who was killed in action and received the Medal of Honor posthumously in 1997.
Written and Directed by Fred Kuwornu
(Italy/USA, 2009, 59 min. in English and Italian with English subtitles)
Best Documentary at Black International Cinema Berlin 2009
This award winning feature film documentary, tells the story of the 92nd Buffalo Division, the all African American segregated combat unit that fought with outstanding heroism in Italy during the Second World War. INSIDE BUFFALO recounts a critically important piece of African American Civil Rights history. The “Buffalo Soldiers” were men who valiantly fought two wars at the same time; one against the Nazis, the other against racial discrimination. Those who survived found that their contributions went unnoticed upon their return to United Stated of America. 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. Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker vividly recounts his war-time experiences and the heroism of his unit.
INSIDE BUFFALO is a patchwork of stories that history almost forgot to tell … until now.
Free Admission, Open to All
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