INSIDE BUFFALO Reconstructing for the first time an important piece of African American history and placing it within the context of Civil Rights history, INSIDE BUFFALO, an award winning feature film, Best Documentary at Black International Cinema Berlin ,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.
They were called "Buffalo Soldiers," these men fought two wars at the same time, one against the Nazis, the other against racial discrimination. and 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 is 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.
The last living African-American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor in WWII, Vernon Baker, recounts vividly his war-time experiences and the heroism of his unit.
Courtesy appearance by President Barack Obama !
Inside Buffalo is a patchwork of stories that history almost forgot to tell. Until now!
I wish to express to you and those to collaborate to produce the project , the deep appreciation for the significant story of the events of the 92nd Division of the US Army deployed in Tuscany in 1944 to fight alongside the partisans versus the nazi troops.The testimonies and stories of the still alive African-Aamerican soldiers and italian partisans are a warning to not forget the horrors of the war and to promote the valor of Peace!
It fills a glaring chasm in America's understanding of the heroic military achievements of minority soldiers in WW II.
It's a story long delayed but well told . It Tells it like it was and pays well-deserved tribute to little know African-American soldiers and Japanese-American soldiers who fought alongside them, whose sacrifice blood, limbs and life valiantly contributed to victory over evil. Inside Buffalo should be viewed, listened and understood by all Americans and by people around the world!
I did see the film and it is a wonderful documentary. It explores areas that others have not touched upon, and gives a detailed and stirring account of the 92nd Division in Italy. Also, the footage of the italians has never been seen here before.It tells an untold story of ordinary people, Italians and African-Americans , who came together during a terrible time to act in a morally righteous manners!
PRESIDENT GIORGIO NAPOLITANO. President of Republic of Italy
JAMES McBRIDE. Award-winnnig writer of "Miracle at St. Anna" and "The color of the water"
EDWARD BROOKE. Former US Senator and 92nd Division's Capatain
PROF. JEFFREY SAMMONS. Professor Military and African-American History at NYU
The italian dimension of this work are sure to distinguish it from most American-centered military documentaries and can be attributed to Fred Kuwornu's black and italian sensibilities and identity. Most of all "Inside Buffalo" is at its very best when allowing some of the brave, thoughtful, humble, and intelligent former officers speak themselves . From them we get a sense of what W.E.B. Du Bois spoke of in characterizing what whites feared most about black leadership during Reconstruction-black intelligence.
It's a thoroughly engrossing account of a little known and appreciated aspect of the heroic African-American contribution to the protection and defense of our nation!
HUGH PRICE. U.S. Activist and Former President National Urban League
I had viewed the film. I found it to be an excellent presentation worthy of sharing with a wider audience. Indeed, I see the value of sharing the film with anyone who connected to the HBCU community and with younger audiences (K-12) , African American Museums.
LEONARD HAYNES III. Former US Exe. Dir. of White House Initiative on HBCUs
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“ What a privilege it was to host the Ohio State premiere of the documentary “Inside Buffalo” here at the Cleveland Public Library . It is a moving story... so impressed with the sacrifice made by those who served in the 92nd Infantry Division”
“I appreciate your efforts to share the stories of the brave
soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division.”
BILL CLINTON. Former President of the United States
"Inside Buffalo, must be watched in March, May, August and December, not just in February!" --David Newhouse. The Oakland Tribune
Watch director Fred Kuwornu interviewed by Bill Henley at the NBC by Bill Henley. Click on the picture
BOB FILNER. House Veterans Affairs Chairman
“As stated succinctly in the tagline applied by filmmaker Fred Kudjo Kuwornu to his documentary entitled Inside Buffalo, which chronicles the fight of the 92nd Division Buffalo soldiers, an all Black segregated combat unit that served in Italy during WWII against Nazi Germany, ‘they served America, when America was not ready to serve them.’ Black soldiers have served and contributed significantly to every conflict in which the United States participated--from the Revolutionary War to the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many served with incredible distinction, earning Silver Stars, Purple Hearts, Medals of Honor, and Service Crosses, just to name a few.
JUANITA MOORE President and Ceo Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit
RAMONA RISCOE BENSON President & CEO African American Musuem in Philadelphia
"It was a pleasure and an honor to present the screening of "Inside Buffalo" . Event such as these are the hearth and soul of fulfilling our mission to educate our visitors about the many contributions of Africans and African Americans to the history and culture of Philadelphia and the entire world. The story told by "Inside Buffalo" is a powerful tribute to the soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division, who risked and gave their lives in defense of rights and priviles not afforded to them.
It was a pleasure having your visit this week at Charles H. Wright to present the documentary Inside Buffalo. The documentary was very enlightening,and everyone who attended the screening raved about how well the film depicted the roles of the soldiers and of importance educating today's youth on th rich history and heritage. Again thank you for bringing such as a profound documentary to the Charles H. Wright Museum; we were honored to have include Inside Buffalo and the resulting panel discussion as part of our educational programming.
LT. Vernon Baker,who served in the 92 nd Div. died Tuesday of complications from brain cancer.In 1997, Baker was the lone survivor among just seven Africa-American soldiers selected to receive the Medal of Honor for battlefield valor 52 years after the war ended.