On January 6, 2021, armed insurrectionists besieged the United States Capitol in the name of patriotism. To some, it was an unexpected and shocking attack on democracy. To others, it was a noble attempt to rescue a nation on the brink of collapse. For Carol Anderson, the insurrection was a predictable coda to more than two centuries of American mythology. What happens, she asks, when we discover that the history we teach our children is comprised of fables not facts; when the gulf between soaring rhetoric and cynical policy is too wide to ignore; when white supremacy is allowed to thrive? In I, Too, we embark on a journey to shine a light on stories that reveal how we reached this inflection point in American history, as we strive to narrow the gap between who we say we are as a nation…and who we actually are.
“With passionate eloquence Carol Anderson reminds us that the violence of January 6 did not emerge from a vacuum but found a rich soil in the racial massacres that litter American history. She unearths stories that should never have been forgotten and communes with ghosts who still haunt American politics today. As so often happens, the history that we do not know and cannot see proves to be the most important history to know.” – Ron Chernow
I, Too, is a co-production of the Bertelsmann Foundation and Humanity in Action, with generous support from the Donner Foundation. The film was shot on location in Wilmington, North Carolina; Washington, DC; Ocoee, Florida; North Augusta, South Carolina; and Atlanta, Georgia.
How to organize a screening:
Humanity in Action and the Bertelsmann Foundation are excited to help I, Too reach new audiences and communities. To arrange a screening in person or virtually, please reach out to Tony Silberfeld, Bertelsmann Foundation North America Director of Transatlantic Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.