Black Lives Matter in Italy and the Legacy of Colonialism

February 01, 2021

Fred Kuwornu

Monday, February 1, 5:30PM–7:00PM PST, Via Zoom Webinar (Registration Required)

Organized by SFU's Institute for the Humanities & co-sponsored by SFU's Vancity Office for Community Engagement

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This multi-media lecture aims to give a reasoned answer considering the nature of American institutional systemic racism structurally and statistically different from the Italian one, offering the audience of the event a cultural and semantic framework to interpret the current condition in Italy with the contest of the past of Italian Colonialism. When was racism born in Italy? Who are the Afro-Italian activists? Which is the composition and history of Black Italy? Is there any collective memory of the Italian past? On which battle is black activism in Italy engaged?


Fred Kudjo Kuwornu is a filmmaker activist-producer-educator, born and raised in Italy and based in Brooklyn. 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.Kuwornu produced and directed the Award-winning documentary Inside Buffalo (“Best Documentary” at the Black Berlin International Cinema Festival). 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. He is developing the project Blaq IT (the Black Italians Timeline). In 2020, he was the voice over for the Italian version of the Netflix educational show Bookmarks-Celebrating Black Voices. Kuwornu believes using film and other art forms are essential tools for building a more inclusive society. For more details on Fred Kuwornu’s biography, please visit