A current research performed by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative on the College of Southern California discovered that Muslims are woefully underrepresented in movie. The report, “Missing & Maligned: The Reality of Muslims in Popular Global Movies,” found that in 200 well-liked movies launched between 2017 and 2019 in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, Muslims accounted for just one.6 % of talking roles. To interrupt it down even additional, “Whereas Muslims make up 24 % of the worldwide inhabitants, they made up lower than 2 % of the movies researched, which means out of 8,965 talking characters in 200 films, 144 have been Muslim. Of the 144 Muslim characters, about 34 have been Muslim girls,” according to USA Today.
“The illustration of Muslims on display feeds the insurance policies that get enacted, the those that get killed, the nations that get invaded,” Oscar-nominated actor Riz Ahmed stated in a press release launched with the research. “The info doesn’t lie. This research exhibits us the dimensions of the issue in well-liked movie, and its price is measured in misplaced potential and misplaced lives.” Ahmed has partnered with the Pillars Fund and the Ford Basis to create the Pillars Artist Fellowship, which can give $25,000 fellowships to Muslim storytellers:
To deal with the numerous points the research highlighted, the Pillars Fund, in partnership with Ahmed and Left Handed Movies, will assist choose the primary set of candidates for the Pillars Artist Fellowship later this 12 months. The fellowship will give attention to aspiring Muslim administrators and writers within the U.S. and U.Okay. and supply mentorship and different assist along with the $25,000 award. An advisory committee of Muslim artists for the fellowship contains Ahmed, Mahershala Ali, Sana Amanat, Karim Amer, Rosa Attab, Lena Khan, Nida Manzoor, Hasan Minhaj, Jehane Noujaim, and Ramy Youssef.
Ahmed additionally mentioned the research’s findings in a video, the place he stated he’s “fed up.” He continued, “The progress that’s being made by a couple of of us doesn’t paint an total image of progress if a lot of the portrayals of Muslims on display are both nonexistent or entrenched in these stereotypical, poisonous, two-dimensional portrayals.”
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