Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Meet the Cast of 'Desperate Housewives - Africa' + the Characters from the American Original They Each Play (Premieres in 2 Weeks) Meet the Cast of 'Desperate Housewives - Africa' + the Characters from the American Original They Each Play (Premieres in 2 Weeks) Netflix's 'The Getdown' Directed by Baz Luhrman Has Found Its Female Lead Netflix's 'The Getdown' Directed by Baz Luhrman Has Found Its Female Lead Meet the 3 Leads for the Next 'Star Wars' Movie (John Boyega Is One of Them) + Watch New Teaser Meet the 3 Leads for the Next 'Star Wars' Movie (John Boyega Is One of Them) + Watch New Teaser Quentin Tarantino's 'H8ful Eight' Gets a Teaser Trailer (Samuel L. Jackson, Belinda Owino) Quentin Tarantino's 'H8ful Eight' Gets a Teaser Trailer (Samuel L. Jackson, Belinda Owino) Here Are the Cities & Theaters in Which Patrik-Ian Polk's Award-Winning Drama 'Blackbird' Will Open Here Are the Cities & Theaters in Which Patrik-Ian Polk's Award-Winning Drama 'Blackbird' Will Open Trailer: Pilot Project 'First Gen' (The Trials and Tribulations of Being a First Gen Nigerian-American) Trailer: Pilot Project 'First Gen' (The Trials and Tribulations of Being a First Gen Nigerian-American) TV One Shores Up 2015-2016 Slate with 8 New Series, 16 Original Movies + New Production Partnerships TV One Shores Up 2015-2016 Slate with 8 New Series, 16 Original Movies + New Production Partnerships 'Walking Dead' Creator Says Rick and Morgan's Reunion Will Be "The Spine" of Season 6 'Walking Dead' Creator Says Rick and Morgan's Reunion Will Be "The Spine" of Season 6 Abderrahmane Sissako's 'Timbuktu' Quietly Grosses Over $1 Million in USA Box Office - Rare for an African Film Abderrahmane Sissako's 'Timbuktu' Quietly Grosses Over $1 Million in USA Box Office - Rare for an African Film Rumorville: Ernie Hudson Circling T'Chaka Role in Marvel's 'Black Panther' Movie Rumorville: Ernie Hudson Circling T'Chaka Role in Marvel's 'Black Panther' Movie Watch Cuba Gooding Jr. Wield a Gun and Snort Coke in his Underwear in Clip from 'Big Time in Hollywood, FL' Watch Cuba Gooding Jr. Wield a Gun and Snort Coke in his Underwear in Clip from 'Big Time in Hollywood, FL' People in Chicago Are Not Happy with Spike Lee’s 'Chiraq' People in Chicago Are Not Happy with Spike Lee’s 'Chiraq' Check Out the First Trailer for HBO's New Dramedy Series 'Ballers' Starring Dwayne Johnson Check Out the First Trailer for HBO's New Dramedy Series 'Ballers' Starring Dwayne Johnson 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper,' on Serial Killer Who Murdered Black Women for 25 Years, Debuts April 27 on HBO 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper,' on Serial Killer Who Murdered Black Women for 25 Years, Debuts April 27 on HBO Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? What to Expect in Season 2 of 'Empire' (Less Opulence; Spike Lee May Direct, Oprah May Guest-Star, More) What to Expect in Season 2 of 'Empire' (Less Opulence; Spike Lee May Direct, Oprah May Guest-Star, More) Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Mo Asumang Explores The Nature of Racism In Her New Documentary 'The Aryans'

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act April 15, 2014 at 9:25AM

If you want to really get into the heart of the subject you're dealing with, sometimes you have to get inside the belly of the beast.
4
The Aryans

I have to say that Mo Asumang is one brave person. Not many would do what she has done several times over already.

But before I get into that, a little background first. Since the mid-1990’s Ms. Asumang has been a very popular TV personality and host in Germany, as well as an actress, appearing in several films since the late 80s.

However her life changed forever when, several years ago, she happened to hear a song from a Neo-Nazi heavy metal rock band in which there was a line that was a death threat against her: “This bullet is for you, Mo Asumang.

Shocked and repelled, she decided not to ignore it, but instead to make a documentary, released in 2007, exploring racism in Germany and her identity as a black woman born and raised in Germany, titled Roots Germania.

She followed that film with her 2010 documentary Road to Rainbow, about the still lingering affects of apartheid in South Africa today.

Now Ms. Asumang turns her attention to us, or rather the U.S., in her new documentary The Aryans, which, last month, begun playing the film festival circuit.

In her new film, as she did with Germany with her first film, she explores racism in the U.S. and the concept of the Aryan identity, traveling throughout this country, talking and interviewing Klansmen, white supremacists and Neo-Nazis.

Now, of course that sounds crazy and dangerous, but it makes sense since, if you want to explore a subject, you can’t do it from your comfy seat safe at home. Instead you have to get close to it as much as possible. That’s what I meant by her being a brave person. Not many would have the nerves of steel to personally meet and engage with some really depraved and dangerous racists, to ask them what they think of black people and their beliefs; but for Ms. Asumang, that was the only way to get inside their heads and to come to grips with her subject.

The film was screened in Berlin and Washington D.C. last week, and received the Ongoren Award for Democracy and Human Rights in March, as well as both the Best World Cinema Documentary and Audience Award favorite at the Phoenix Film Festival. No doubt it will be playing in other cities and festivals throughout the year.

And though there is a website for the film (HERE), there isn’t yet a trailer for it, though one is currently in the works. However there is a video interview with Ms. Asumang and DeWayne Wickham, dean of Morgan State University's School of Global Journalism and Communication which contains some brief scenes and images from the film, which you can watch below:

This article is related to: Mo Asumang


Shadow & ActNewsletter