Men of Color Are Changing the Narrative About Themselves and Their Communities Through Film

Men of Color Are Changing the Narrative About Themselves and Their Communities Through Film

As the recent blowout success of Marvel’s Black Panther has shown, multi-dimensional, asset-based narratives have the power to reframe how society sees boys and men of color and even how they see themselves. For some time now, the EA’s Narrative Collective Action Table has been in dialogue with thought leaders, creators, and filmmakers of color about how philanthropy can support films that explore the full complexity and value of boys and men of color. The meetings have included participants from important allied institutions, including The Pop Culture Collaborative and Color of Change.

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EA’s Take on the Issue:

Guyanese-American filmmaker Mason Richards, Ethiopian-born director Messay Getahun, and producer Ben Alex Dupris of the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State met with the EA’s Narrative Change CAT to share how they are using film to provide authentic perspectives on masculinity, community, love, and resistance. 

One investment resulting from these conversations is a $70,000 grant from Casey Family Programs, which allowed the EA to support post-production efforts for the film Akicita: The Battle for Standing Rock.  The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

EA Narrative CAT members are continuing to explore and consider a range of film-related opportunities presented during these meeting, including production support, financing, and programs to expose boys and young men of color to filmmaking.

Stay tuned for updates.



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