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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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Filmmaker to show, discuss 'Roots Germanis' documentary at IUPUI, IU Bloomington

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WHAT: Public screening of Roots Germania
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m.
WHERE: Morrison Hall 007, 1165 E. 3rd St.

January 20, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Afro-German filmmaker Mo Asumang will visit Indiana University in Bloomington to screen and discuss her documentary Roots Germania, a film addressing multicultural issues in modern Germany, this Friday (Jan. 22). The screening is the result of a partnership with IUPUI and the Chicago German Consulate.

Asumang confronts the German society in which she was raised through a film that explores the complexities of 21st century German and European identity in the face of migration, multiculturalism and the rise of right-wing youth violence after unification.

Asumang will show her film at IUPUI's campus Thursday (Jan. 21) and then in Bloomington on Friday afternoon. The film includes English subtitles and will be followed by a question and answer session. This will be the first U.S. campus that Asumang visits with her film.

Roots Germania (2007) was nominated for Germany's prestigious Adolf Grimme Award for television productions. Since the film's release, Asumang has taken it on a tour through Germany. She addresses school groups, organizations and film festivals in public dialogues and awareness campaigns.

For more information on Mo Asumang's documentary, vist the Roots Germania Web site.

Sponsors at IUPUI are the Office of International Affairs, Max Kade German-American Center, International Studies Program, Africana Studies Program, German Program and the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Sponsors at IU Bloomington are: The College of Arts and Sciences, Office for Multicultural Initiatives, WEST European Studies, The Black Cinema Center/Archive, The Americas Series, African Studies, The Institute of German Studies, Communication and Culture. Additional support comes from the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago.

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