Atlanta director’s film on ‘bigotry in Trump America’ to debut locally

Edward Ahmed Mitchell and Ric Osuna (1)
Documentary participant Edward Ahmed Mitchell and director Ric Osuna

A documentary with strong ties to Atlanta will soon premiere in the city.

Director Ric Osuna’s “The UnAmerican Struggle” examines “the resurgence of racism, misogyny, sexism, and xenophobia” since the 2016 presidential election, according to a press release.

Osuna, who has lived in the Atlanta area since 2007, estimates about half the film was shot in the city. Some of those scenes include a protest of President Donald Trump’s victory, the Women’s March in January and the immigrant rally in February.

Sir Maejor Page, president of Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, is seen in the first shot of the trailer. “America is battling a disease of oppression, racism, white supremacy,” he says.

The trailer also shows Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Georgia chapter, talking about a Muslim teacher in Gwinnett who said she found a note telling her to ‘hang yourself’ with her headscarf.

Most of the 17 experts and activists interviewed for the feature-length documentary live in Atlanta, Osuna said. The movie exposes “bigotry in Trump America,” according to the press release.

The film’s Atlanta premiere will take place on Sept. 8 at 6:15 p.m. at the Synchronicity Theatre, 1545 Peachtree St. N.E., during Atlanta DocuFest.

Tickets for the festival range from $10 to $60.

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