Asumang, daughter of a white German mother and a black Ghanaian father and a well-known television personality in
In The Aryans, Asumang travels to
"These people don't actually talk to Jews," says Asumang in an interview with the
She confronts a KKK member who claims that he's not racist and she calmly informs him that, to her, his outfit represents hundreds of years of hate and terror.
Sitting on a park bench on a sunny day, she has a friendly conversation with a conservative man who tries to to explain to the bi-racial filmmaker why "race mixing" is a bad thing.
But at the end of their meeting, when it's time to part, he offers her a hug.
"I hope nobody sees a picture of that. I'll be through," the man says.
"I think it totally confuses them because I'm not like they want me to be, " Asumang says. "So I stand there, maybe I smile at them, and because it's a human reaction, you wanna smile back. So I see them trying to hold down the smile, and that's something very very interesting."
Asumang's The Aryans, a documentary about confronting racism, might be less about confrontation and conflict and more about how racism has a hard time holding its ground in the face of genuine human connection.
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