Recounting the 1920 Election Day massacre

Director Aaron J. Salgado and producer David Ortiz talk about their film "Ocoee" based on the Ocoee Election Day Massacre.
5:17 | 11/03/20

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Eligible patients may pay as little as $5 per month. [N this is a story That was a clip from a new docu-series, which recounts the bloodiest day in modern America political history, yesterday marked the 100th anniversary since the city of ocoee outside of Orlando, fl was burned down, a massacre in an attempt to suppress the vote. Were killed in that terrible tragedy. Joining us now is the writer and the director of the film and the producer. The massacre labeled by many as the bloodiest day in modern America political history, so then the question is, why do more people know about this? Why aren't we taught this in school? Unfortunately, when the massacre originally happened the local newspapers labeled it as a race riot. It wasn't until 75 years later that a group of activists in the central Florida area really started doing someeseah and dug up the facts and then the city of ocoee went on and had a proclamation where they did named it a massacre. You're recounting this story in a unique way, almost like a music video, why is it and why was it so important for you to tell the story this way? You know, I've always been a fan of mixed media art, when we spoke about making this documentary, the story had been hidden and untold for so long that this time around we wanted to make sure that it stuck with people and it's something that they took with them for the remainder of the day and musicals are something that really embeds in us -- you know, we thought it -- it was the most potent way to be able to tell this story. Over the summer, governor Desantis signed an education bill requiring Florida high schools to start teaching the ocoee massacre. That's amazing. I was that co-host singing. I'm not throwing away my so, yes, the power of music embedded in storytelling. It stays with you and you remember it. It reminds you of what we're supposed to be focus on. David, what are you hoping people take away from this docu-series on this election day? Well, when Aaron first told me the story, not only as the writer/director but also as the producer of the project, you know, we talked about the fact that we're such a divided country at the moment, where some people might see a hidden agenda but we really wanted to feel as though this is about honoring the victims who lost their lives that night. It's about what's important for us to recognize our history and to educate one another about what ay happened and understand that nobody today is responsible for the actions that happened but we really need to have honest conversations in order to move forward as a country and a community. For us, our intention was simply to teach history and that's amican history. It's not a black or white issue. It's history about something that happened in ameri and held mod our country. Yes, it's tag event. But our goal that it begins to be able to open conversations and it's less about being divisive but more about being able to go ahead and find out more about the story. And David, people will say this happened 100 years ago, that was forever ago, but really this is having a ripple effect impacting ocoee today. That's really interesting. It was nonas sundown town until the mid-'80s. Meaning that African-Americans weren't welcomed in the town until '85 or so, so when we went there as part of our research, we discovered there's a land, called the hallowed ground, where unfortunately it's mass grave, where bodies are buried, and there's a whole story that Aaron has crafted so incredibly well that we're excited to share with everybody, not that long ago, but again we need to recognize our past to move forward together. You're right about that. Thank you, Aaron and David. The four-part docu-series is able to click TV app. Our ABC affiliate in Orlando also aired a documentary on this. It was heavy, tough to watch. But it's important. It gave me hope and it's relevant to today and so -- We have to deal with the uncomfortable to get to a place where we can be comfortable. You worked in Orlando. Hadn't heard of this? That'ect. I worked in that community, never heard of it and when I saw that documentary, I will tell you thpointed out that history has to be acknowledged the right way. Well, it's a powerful documentary. We hope everyone goes out and watches it.

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