From Micro to Macro: How Data Can Drive Anti-Racist Action in Film and Television
I’m adding this talk to my ‘Must attend’ list as I’m passionate about the entertainment business and why we haven’t seen the inclusion of underrepresented groups in TV and Film. I’ve spoken to numerous producers, creators, writers and actors and have gotten numerous opinions everything from ‘we need a everyman aka White person’ to people in other countries don’t like to see minorities in movies despite the decade of successful projects with diverse casts, starring Black and Brown people and to put it simply the numbers don’t add up. I’ve always felt it wasn’t an inherent bias but instead of decision because most of the people in power are White males. I’m curious how the panel will discuss how we can make permanent changes and why Hollywood refuses to offer opportunities.
Racialized creators have been speaking out about systemic racism in the film and television industry since its inception, and in 2020, some institutions and decision-makers are finally beginning to pay attention. In this session co-presented by the Racial Equity Media Collective (REMC) and moderated by Kathleen Newman-Bremang of the Media Girlfriends network, panelists Cheryl Bedford (Women of Color Unite), Dr. Clive James Nwonka (London School of Economics and Political Science), and Amar Wala (REMC) discuss their race-based data collection and research in the screen industries to explore what the numbers can tell us about how to move toward an anti-racist future.
Date and time: Monday, September 14, 12:30-1:30pm EST
The Event will be conducted through the browser-based platform Perigon, which livestreams the session directly to Industry Conference. Following the livestream, the session may remain on TIFF Industry’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter) and micro-site and the TIFF Talks YouTube channel for future viewing.