While it is unclear whether the planned KKK rally reportedly set for Mount Airy will actually take place, one courageous film crew plans to be on the scene if it does.
A documentary film crew was speeding from Cincinnati, Ohio, yesterday afternoon to film the rally as it unfolds.
They had been in the Ohio city last week filming a Klan rally there, according to Mo Asumang, the documentary filmmaker.
The crew is part of a German group traveling around the country filming racial issues in an effort to draw a parallel between race relations in the United States and Germany, Asumang said.
Asumang said she found out about the planned rally after conducting a search on the Internet.
“We’re coming down because it’s interesting and we want it to be a part of the documentary,” she said. “We’re making a film about racism and culture clashes.
“I’m trying to find out how racism works and why and how they’re doing it,” she added.
Asumang, who describes herself as an “Afro-German,” said she has been filming rallies for several years, and is used to the verbal abuse received.
“They say some very hateful things to me, but that’s going to be a part of the film,” she said.
If the rally does take place, Asumang said she didn’t foresee any problems getting footage.
“If they won’t let me in I’ll send in camera people,” she said.
The movie isn’t set to be released until sometime next year, according to the filmmaker.
Andrea Ufer, of Hanfgarn & Ufer Filmproduktion GbR, the company producing the documentary, said the film will be released next year on state-run television in Germany and France.
Ufer said race relations is a simmering topic in Germany, given its background of “the Third Reich, and World War II,” and there she said there is still a movement by some to “separate the races.”
As for Asumang, what has she found so far about racism in the United States?
“I can’t tell you just yet,” she said with a laugh. “I’m just starting my journey.”
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