18 Ius Soli and Q&A with director Fred Kuwornu

The CLRC invites you to a screening of 18 Ius Soli and a Q&A with director Fred Kuwornu on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 5:00pm in 175 Stevenson.

January 22, 2014

By , Lecturer, Language Program 

In Italy, nearly a million youths have immigrant parents, yet are ineligible for Italian citizenship and are trapped in a stateless no-man's-land.  Fred Kuwornu's 18 Ius Soli (Italy, 2012) tells the stories of eighteen young Italians and their quest for citizenship.  These children of immigrants from Africa, Asia, and Latin America were born and raised in Italy.  They attend school there, speak Italian, as well as Italian dialects, and see themselves as Italian.  However, they are not Italian citizens due to current Italian law and rigid perceptions of "Italianness."  Their struggle for rights and recognition has affinities with that of the DREAMers, undocumented youths in the United States who are calling for citizenship.  Above all, this struggle underscores that border control, statelessness, racialized difference, and access to citizenship are global issues.

Fred Kuwornu HeadshotFred Kudjo Kuwornu is an Afro-Italian filmmaker, producer, and activist.  In addition to 18 Ius Soli, he is the director of Inside Buffalo (2010), an award-winning documentary about African American soldiers who served in Italy during the Second World War. 

The Chicano Latino Research Center is proud to co-sponsor this free, public event with the Department of History, Graduate Student Association, Institute for Humanities Research Working Group on the Study of Children, Italian Studies, Language Program, and Cowell and Stevenson Provosts.