Screening of "Roots Germania" and Conversation with Director and Distinguished Visitor Mo AsumangScreening of "Roots Germania" and Conversation with Director and Distinguished Visitor Mo Asumanghttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/218452KINSC Sharpless Auditorium2012-11-26T19:00:002012-11-26T21:00:00
November 26,2012 7:00PM–9:00PM
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
ROOTS GERMANIA (2007) Screening & Conversation with Director Mo Asumang Hosted by Imke Brust, Department of German
Monday, November 26th, 2012 7:00 PM, Sharpless Auditorium
In German with English Subtitles.
Mo Asumang`s journey began when she first heard a song that called for her own murder: “This bullet is for you, Mo Asumang,” sung by the neo-Nazi band White Aryan Rebels. But instead of hiding, she was driven by a desire to overcome her fears and discover the origins of racism and hate against migrants. Meeting with neo-Nazis both in a prison and at a 3000-strong rally, she conducts an historic interview with Jürgen Rieger, one of the Germany’s right-wing leaders. An intimate look into her family history makes clear how deeply racism has already touched the lives of her German Mother and Ghanaian Father. On her search for identity, Asumang even follows the advice of the neo-Nazis to “Go back where you came from!” But in Ghana she is seen as a white person. Completing her journey, she confronts leader of the band who called for her murder. Roots Germania is a risky road movie that questions pseudo-germanic ideas of right wing populists in a search for Afro-German identity and self-confidence as an Afro-German. Nominated for Germany’s prestigious Adolf Grimme Award.
Mo Asumang is an acclaimed filmmaker, actress, and television presenter, well known in Germany for her documentary films and TV moderation. Having recently gained international exposure playing Condoleezza Rice in Roman Polanski`s film The Ghostwriter, she has lectured and led workshops about racism and social integration in universities and schools throughout Europe, Africa, and the United States.
Sponsored by the Distinguished Visitors Program, the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Bi-Co Department of German and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship.
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