Documentary Examines Rise of Bigotry since 2016 from Frontline Activists
AVAILABLE ON DVD & STREAMING DECEMBER 19
Los Angeles, CA (December 5, 2017) — Winner of the Award of Merit at indieFEST Film Awards and Best Political Documentary at Atlanta Docufest, filmmaker Ric Osuna began working on his documentary, THE UNAMERICAN STRUGGLE, one week after the election of Donald J. Trump, in response to the attack on diversity that began during the campaign. Cinema Libre Studio is releasing the film in U.S. and English-speaking Canada December 19 on DVD and streaming platforms including Amazon and Vimeo.
Last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that hate crimes had increased by nearly 5% since 2015 in their annual Incidents of Hate report. The report recorded 5,818 “single-bias” incidents occurred, in which one or more offense types, or incidents, were motivated by the same bias. Of those, 59.2% were motivated by a racial, ethnic and/or ancestry bias; 19.7% by a religious bias; 17.7% by a sexual orientation bias; and 3.3% by a gender identity, disability or gender bias.
For activists on the front line of the identity politics movement, this rise in hate crimes is not a surprise, and many of them feel the numbers are underreported.
In THE UNAMERICAN STRUGGLE, this renewed struggle facing immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, black people, women, and transgender people is represented by frontline activist voices, featuring Heidi Beirich and Naomi Tsu of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Angeles Valenciano of the National Diversity Council, Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Sir Maejor Page, President of Greater Atlanta Black Lives Matter.
Director Osuna, who is of Mexican-American heritage and whose Mexican father served in Vietnam says, “During the 2016 presidential election, I saw how Donald Trump’s careless words and hateful scapegoating gave license to white supremacists and bigots to terrorize others. People I know who are diverse are being targeted because they are different. I decided that silence is a dangerous thing.”
Osuna is no stranger to documentary filmmaking with several credits under his belt. He started his career as a researcher and co-producer for The History Channel where he worked on a documentary about the Amityville case and subsequently wrote a book exposing the true motives and methods of the murders along with the hoax that inspired The Amityville Horror. The book was entitled, The Night the DeFeos Died: Reinvestigating the Amityville Murders. The rights were later optioned for a film and documentary. His directorial debut was a documentary on the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear repository, entitled Subversive Doubt.
SYNOPSIS: Bigotry is on the rise again in America, fueled by a president whose views are rooted in racism, misogyny, sexism, and xenophobia. His words and actions as a candidate, and now his policies as president, have breathed new life into an agenda of intolerance across the nation.
This renewed struggle facing immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, black people, women, and transgender people is represented by frontline activist voices, featuring Heidi Beirich and Naomi Tsu of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Angeles Valenciano of the National Diversity Council, Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Sir Maejor Page, President of Greater Atlanta Black Lives Matter.
Directed by Ric Osuna.
TRAILER FOR EMBED: http://cinemalibrestudio.com/theunamericanstruggle/index.html
CLIPS FOR EMBED: https://vimeo.com/album/4867132
TECHNICAL DETAILS: Online Streaming Release: December 19, 2017 (Amazon & Vimeo) I DVD Release: December 19, 2017 Running Time: 105 minutes I Genre: Documentary, Political I Language: English
Audio: STEREO | Ratio: 16:9
DVD UPC: 881394126022 I DVD CAT: CLS1260 I DVD SRP: $19.95
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