Documentary set to recognise the rise in hate crimes in America since the election of Donald J. Trump.
It’s safe to say the political career of Donald J. Trump has been interesting to put it as mildly as possible. His controversially unsettling comments and decisions have helped fuel existing and new behaviours of intolerance.
A new documentary film has set out to outline how rising intolerance and hate crimes could have been stemmed on by the American president. In fact, the FBI recently reported that hate crimes had increased by nearly 5% since 2015. Of all “single-bias” incidents reported, 59.2% were motivated by racial or ethnic bias, 19.7% by religious bias, 17.7% by sexual orientation, and 3.3% by gender identity, disability or gender bias.
The UnAmerican Struggle sets out to examine the resurgence of bigotry in America brought about by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The film is directed by Ric Osuna and has already won a a handful of prestigious film awards including Atlanta Docufest’s Best Political Documentary and the Award of Merit at the indieFEST Film Awards.
Speaking about the core messaging of the film, director Ric Osuna says:
The UnAmerican Struggle will reflect the current political and personal sentiments in the United States –people will either identify with it or loathe it because it threatens their political and moral beliefs. For those living under the threat of Trump’s extremism, it is a subject that needs to be discussed.
The film pays close attention to the struggle for equality from the perspective of Immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, Blacks, Women, and Transgender People. Seventeen experts lent their voices to the film to educate viewers about the reality of bigotry in America and the fight ahead to return the country to its principles rooted in tolerance and diversity.
Some of the experts featured in the film include the executive director of Georgia Equality, Jeff Graham, Reproductive Justice Advocate Kwajelyn Jackson, and transgender rights activist Gabe Pelz.