Behind-the-Scenes

Ask students to research film and television/streaming productions with non-white figures in top creative positions (director, writer, producer). Discuss whether or not the race, gender, sexual orientation of person behind the camera influences what happens in front of the camera. For discussion:

  • What is the race, gender, sexual orientation of the person you researched?
  • Do you think this person made any decisions about race, class, gender, sexual orientation in creating the characters or telling the story?
  • Do you think it’s important to know a media creator’s identity in order to better understand the kinds of stories and messages they’re conveying? Why or why not?

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