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Roots Germania

Roots Germania
Scene from "Roots Germania" (photo © Joachim Gern)

It all began with a brutal hate song from the neo-Nazi band “White Aryan Rebels”, that called for the murder of the black German Mo Asumang. In her film debut, Mo was able to take this Nazi venom and used it as a catalyst for a journey through Germany, England and Ghana. Driven by her desire to overcome her fears, Mo met with right-wing extremists in prison, with Nazi celebrity Juergen Rieger, and was even surrounded by 3000 neo-Nazis.

On her search for identity, Mo 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. During a ritual for the ancestors, Mo realizes she can heal her fear and her lack of German ancestry. She has even found a long forgotten connection between Germany and Ghana. Seeking this connection back in her homeland, she visits Germanic ceremonial sites, meets with scholars and descends into the “Himmler Crypt” at Wewelsburg Castle. Mo finds out how much the nationalistic theories of the neo-Nazis have led to a kind of cultural heritage amnesia among many Germans.

Mo’s journey of personal integration leads her towards the Germanic goddesses, the Matrons. Can they give Mo the necessary strength for the most challenging part of her journey: a confrontation with the leader of the neo-Nazi band “White Aryan Rebels”.
Genre History, Society
Category Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 2007
Director Mo Asumang
Screenplay Mo Asumang
Cinematography Felix Leiberg
Karin Nowarra, Beatrice Babin
Johannes Malfatti
Producer Mo Asumang
Production Company MA Motion/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, in cooperation with Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Runtime 76 min
Format 16 mm, color
Dubbed Versions English, German
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hamburg 2007, Cologne Conference 2007, Kassel 2007, Rwanda Film Festival 2008, Achtung Berlin 2008

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