War film still fits today’s issues

Nardine Taleb, Staff Reporter

Now, the nation watches the aftermath of a jury’s decision to let the officer who shot and killed Mike Brown walk free. There is unrest not only in Ferguson, but also in the rest of the country. It came by coincidence that the Film Society held a documentary showing of “Inside Buffalo” last Thursday, Nov. 20.

The documentary shared the untold story of thousands of black Americans who served during World War II in Italy, only to come back and fight a war of discrimination in their own home. Named “Buffalo Soldiers,” the black American soldiers of the 92nd division faced racism in the army, despite the fact that many of them joined by choice.

The documentary encompasses the soldiers’ tough journeys before the war and as they fought, and it also portrayed their disheartening experience after.

Fred Kuwornu, the Italian-African director, also ensures that the audience will learn of the companionship black and Italian soldiers formed during the war, when all they had was each other. Of the black American soldiers that survived, their service went unappreciated and unacknowledged until much later when those who were still alive were awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for American soldiers. The documentary is also a compilation of history that happened after, of President Obama’s election and the struggle for social justice.

The struggle for social justice, of course, still continues today. “Inside Buffalo” emerges as an artistic representation of that struggle, and it is a must-watch, especially when there is so much more progress to be made.