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Friday, February 28
6:30 pm

DL21C Screening of Inside Buffalo

The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers of World War II
National Black Theatre
www.nationalblacktheatre.org
2031 Fifth Avenue (at 125th Street)
2/3/4/5/6 to 125th Street
Film screening starts promptly at 7pm and runs just under 60 minutes; cocktails and discussion to follow.

Free for DL21C Annual Members; $5/everyone else.

This Friday night, February 28, DL21C invites you to a special film screening of the award-winning film, Inside Buffalo. This acclaimed documentary highlights the work of the African-American soldiers who fought to free Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II.
We will be joined by Congressman and Korean War veteran Charles Rangel for a post-screening discussion, along with filmmaker Fred Kowornu.
This event will celebrate Black History Month, and the film explores many of the unresolved issues  our nation still faces,  and what the Buffalo Soldiers meant for both Americans and Europeans. Most of all, we will celebrate the work of those who defended America during one of the most critical periods of American history.
This event is co-hosted with Il Circolo PD NY, Italy's Democratic Party in NY, as well as community partners from across the city.

Inside Buffalo:
The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers of World War II

www.insidebuffalo.org
 

About Inside Buffalo
The multi-awarded documentary, defined as "a patchwork of stories that history almost forgot to tell", recounts the story of the 92nd African-American infantry division which consisted in 15,000 soldiers who served in Italy during World War II.
The documentary is divided into three different periods (before, during, and after World War II until contemporary days) and focuses on the segregation of the Buffalo Soldiers in the army, their friendship with Italians, and the discrimination issues they faced upon their return back to the United States after the war.
Their destiny, as Director Kuwornu shows the audience, is completely different from the one they were promised when they first joined the Army to go to war. The "Double V" promise, in fact, had convinced them to risk their life for their country in the name of two Victories, one against Nazi-Fascism abroad, the other against prejudice at home. They found themselves fighting in one of the most difficult scenarios of the war, the Gothic Line, formed Field Marshal Albert Kesselring's last major line of defense in the final stages of WWII along the summits of the Apennines during the fighting retreat of Nazi Germany's forces against the Allied Armies commanded by General Clark.  The story moves on to their return home to Amerca, where they still found prejudice and found still other battles to fight.
A narrator carries the program forward; historical photographs, documents and re-enactment footage illustrate the unique contributions of these men. These elements are complemented by interviews with contemporary African-American soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen who served in World War II.  Congressional Medal of Honor in WWII Vernon Baker recounts vividly his war-time experiences and the heroism showed by his unit of Buffalo Soldiers, and there are appearances from former President Bill Clinton and current President Barack Obama.
Former US Senator Edward Brooke, awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama, and Olympic champion Harrison Dillard were members of the 92nd Division. Other distinguished figures who served in the 92nd Division were: heavy-weight champion Joe Louis, actor Roscoe Lee Browne and Congressman Parren J. Mitchell, the first African American elected to the U.S. Congress from Maryland.
Kuwornu was inspired to begin researching the 92nd Division during a meeting with Spike Lee, while Lee was filming, "Miracle at St. Anna" in Tuscany, Italy, in 2008.
About filmmaker Fred Kowornu
Fred is an award winning filmmaker, and one of 1 million second-generation Italians whose parents are non European immigrants (representing approximately 10% of population, or 5 million people).
Inside Buffalo was awarded “Best Documentary” at the Black Berlin International Cinema Festival, and has been shown at the Pentagon, the Library of Congress, and many other venues including the top U.S. Black Film Festivals. He worked alongside talents such as Derek Luke (Captain America; Notorius; Catch a Fire; Lions for Lambs); Laz Alonso (Jumping the Broom, Avatar, Fast and Furious); Omar Benson Miller (CSI Miami, 8 Miles); Michael Ealy; and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Matthew Libatique (Black Swan).
Fred Kuwornu founded the non-profit organizatiion Diversity Italia promoting the importance of racial and ethnic diversity in Italy and Europe.  Fred, whose parents are from Ghana, is leading a grassroots movement fighting for the recognition of  jus sol in Italian Law - the right to be a citizen if you are born in the country. Today Italian citizenship is acquired from parents only and there is a growing progressive movement in the country pushing for a change in the law.
 
About Congressmember Charles Rangel
Charles B. Rangel is a war hero, history-making congressman, and lawmaker. A founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, he made history as the first African American member of Congress to lead the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Now serving his 22nd term in the House of Representatives, he has been cited as the most effective lawmaker in the House, leading all of his colleagues in passing legislation. He was a prime contributor to President Obama's historic health care reform law.
Growing up on the other side of the tracks on Lenox Avenue in Harlem, he was transformed from high school dropout to war hero after volunteering for service in the Army during the Korean War. Wounded in an attack by waves of Communist Chinese troops, he was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for Valor after leading his surviving comrades from behind enemy lines.
With the aid of the G.I. Bill, he earned degrees from New York University and St. John's University Law School.  He began his public service as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and was later elected to the New York State Assembly. He came to Washington in 1971 to serve in the House after defeating the legendary Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
A leading advocate for equal rights and equal opportunity, Congressman Rangel has boosted the incomes of millions of working families with the Earned Income Tax Credit, and pumped billions of dollars into revitalization of communities across the nation, including Harlem. Demonstrating his commitment to education, he has created financial mechanisms to construct and rehabilitate public schools across the country.Among his proudest achievements is founding the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program in the State Department, in cooperation with Howard University.  As of 2013, there are 160 Rangel Fellows  serving as U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officers in U.S. Embassies around the world.
Congressman Rangel still resides with his wife Alma in Harlem where he was born. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.