Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Mo'Nique Said She Was Paid $50,000 for 'Precious' + Responds to Lee Daniels "Play the Game" Advice (Video) Mo'Nique Said She Was Paid $50,000 for 'Precious' + Responds to Lee Daniels "Play the Game" Advice (Video) 'Cooley High' Writer and Cast Reflect on the Film 40 Years Later 'Cooley High' Writer and Cast Reflect on the Film 40 Years Later So What’s Byron Allen's $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast, Time Warner, Al Sharpton & the NAACP all About? So What’s Byron Allen's $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast, Time Warner, Al Sharpton & the NAACP all About? A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship Films & TV Series That Are Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library Next Month (March) Films & TV Series That Are Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library Next Month (March) Check Out These Photos of Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Khandi Alexander & Michael K. WIlliams From HBO's Bessie Smith Bio + Premiere Date Set Check Out These Photos of Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Khandi Alexander & Michael K. WIlliams From HBO's Bessie Smith Bio + Premiere Date Set Oscars Telecast Ratings at 6-Year Low. So Was Nielsen Right About Correlation Between Black Nominees & Viewers? Oscars Telecast Ratings at 6-Year Low. So Was Nielsen Right About Correlation Between Black Nominees & Viewers? Here's the Story That the Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Will Tell Here's the Story That the Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Will Tell Ava DuVernay Won Ava DuVernay Won Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Mike Tyson Went to Algeria to Make the Country's "First Martial Arts Film"... Here's a First Look at the Results Mike Tyson Went to Algeria to Make the Country's "First Martial Arts Film"... Here's a First Look at the Results If You Missed PBS' August Wilson Documentary, 'The Ground on Which I Stand,' Watch It in Full Now! If You Missed PBS' August Wilson Documentary, 'The Ground on Which I Stand,' Watch It in Full Now! Now You Can Watch All 10 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action & Animation) Online Now You Can Watch All 10 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action & Animation) Online Mo'Nique's Decision to Not "Play the Industry Game" Gets Her Blacklisted. The Actress Speaks... Mo'Nique's Decision to Not "Play the Industry Game" Gets Her Blacklisted. The Actress Speaks... For the First Time, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Will Be Broadcast on TV - on OWN For the First Time, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Will Be Broadcast on TV - on OWN 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) Apparently, Hosting The Oscars Isn't As Coveted A Gig As I Previously Assumed... Apparently, Hosting The Oscars Isn't As Coveted A Gig As I Previously Assumed... 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.
2
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