Bill Clinton Wants You to See Inside Buffalo – Free Showing at the Presidio on Feb. 12th

Buffalo as in Buffalo Soldier -  there are still a few around town. Bill Clinton loves this movie and he wants you to see it.

“Free Screening of “Inside Buffalo This award winning documentary tells the story of the 92nd infantry division, an African-American combat unit that fought heroically in Italy during World War II. Nicknamed the “Buffalo Soldiers”, these men valiantly fought two wars at once: one against fascism in Italy, the other against racial discrimination at home.
 
Born and raised in Italy to a Ghanaian father and an Italian mother, director Fred Kuwornu details little known aspects of the story, including the profound and lasting friendships forged between the soldiers and the Italian villagers they liberated from Fascist rule. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the director.
 
Friday, February 12, 2010 — 6:30pm
Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop in the Presidio
Free Admission—To RSVP call (415) 788-7142 ext. 18
For more information visit:
www.presidio.gov/calendar  or www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it

Buffalo Soldiers engaging the Germans in Massa, Italy, 1944:

The 92nd Infantry chasing the Wehrmacht in the Po Valley, 1945. (If only they had given more time for the sanctions to work!) 

All the deets, after the jump.

PRESIDIO TO HOST FREE SCREENING OF “INSIDE BUFFALO”
AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY CAPTURES BUFFALO SOLDIERS’ HEROISM AND PLIGHT
 
Presidio of San Francisco (February 5, 2010) — The Presidio Trust, in conjunction with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Consul General of Italy, is hosting a free screening of the award-winning documentary Inside Buffalo on Friday, February 12 at 6:30pm in the Presidio’s Golden Gate Club. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the film’s director, Fred Kuwornu.
 
Inside Buffalo tells the story of the 92nd infantry division, an African-American combat unit that fought heroically in Italy during World War II. Nicknamed the “Buffalo Soldiers”, these men valiantly fought two wars at once: one against the Nazi’s and fascism in Italy, the other against racial discrimination at home. They took their name from the original Buffalo Soldiers, an African-American cavalry regiment formed during the Civil War. Like their namesakes of World War II, these soldiers, some of whom were stationed at the Presidio for a brief time, were renowned for their bravery.
 
A meeting with Spike Lee while working on Lee’s film Miracle at St. Anna in Tuscany inspired Kuwornu to make his very personal and moving documentary. Born and raised in Italy to a Ghanaian father and an Italian mother, Kuwornu details little known aspects of the story, including the profound and lasting friendships forged between the soldiers and the Italian villagers they liberated from Fascist rule. These stories, vividly recounted by veterans of the 92nd provide the film with its most poignant moments.  The film includes Vernon Baker, the last living African-American to be awarded the Medal of Honor in World War II and a special appearance by President Barack Obama.
 
It was the Consul General, impressed with the Presidio’s previous exhibit about the Buffalo Soldiers, who first suggested screening the film at the Presidio.
 
 “We’re extremely excited about the new partnership with the Consulate General and the Italian Cultural Institute,” says Jeff Weik, public programs director for the Presidio Trust. “History is such large part of what we do at the Presidio and this film details an important—and often overlooked—piece of American and Italian history.”
 
Timed to coincide with Black History Month, Inside Buffalo will be screened on Friday, February 12 at 6:30pm in the Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop in the Presidio. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. To RSVP call 415-788-7142 ext. 18. For more information visit www.presidio.gov/calendar or www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it.
 
The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District. 
  

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2 Responses to “Bill Clinton Wants You to See Inside Buffalo – Free Showing at the Presidio on Feb. 12th”

  1. Keep telling that history:

    Read the novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, “RaPR”, a great story of black military history…the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers.

    How do you keep a people down? ‘Never’ let them ‘know’ their history.

    The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn’t for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry.

    Read the novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, 5 stars Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the youtube trailer commercial…and visit the website http://www.rescueatpineridge.com

    I hope you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote it from my mini-series movie of the same title, “RaPR” to keep my story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn’t like telling our stories…its been “his-story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with…see imdb.com at; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0925633/

    When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; http://www.alphawolfprods.com and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for Wells Fargo in Montana, in the 1890′s, “spread the word”.

    Peace.

  2. [...] On a related note, there is a free screening on February 12 of the documentary “Inside Buffalo”, which tells the story of the 92nd infantry division, an African-American combat unit that fought heroically in Italy during World War II. 6:30pm at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. SFCitizen has all the details. [...]