5. Oktober 2016
09.11.16 at 7pm // room A 02. 01
The recent calls for more diversity in film, widely known through the hashtag #oscarssowhite are a long overdue reaction to the lack of people of color in mainstream films and the film industry. While POC make up a large portion of international viewers, they are greatly under- and misrepresented in film. Black people are often kept in the background, behind counters, wearing uniforms and when not directly serving the main protagonist, serving the setting as an urban backdrop.
From the token black guy, the sassy best friend and the likeable black character in need, we will take a look at the prevalent stereotypes in film and how they enable the racist gaze. How can we as creators recognize and dismantle the racist gaze and what are examples for an inclusive and diverse portrayal of black characters in film and tv?
Amelia Umuhire is a filmmaker based in Berlin. She wrote and directed the critically acclaimed web series ‚Polyglot‘ which went on to screen at various international film festivals such as Tribeca Film Festival, Geneva International Film Festival, Portobello Film Festival and won awards for the Best International Web Series and Best German Web Series. Her short film „Mugabo“, shot in Kigali, Rwanda is currently on it’s festival circuit. Amelia Umuhire is also a columnist for Missy Magazine.