Race and Representation in Film

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Race and Representation in Film

The iconic film strip: symbol of the film industry.

The iconic film strip: symbol of the film industry.

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The iconic film strip: symbol of the film industry.

Photo via Pixabay

Photo via Pixabay

The iconic film strip: symbol of the film industry.

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Representation of people of color has always been an issue in the film industry. Actors of color have less of a priority of being casted for a role that requires an ethnic role. For example, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” casts Christian Bale as an Egyptian, despite the fact that he is caucasian. Egyptians are predominantly black, obviously due to the fact that Egypt is located in Africa. In spite of all of this, why must it be a challenge to cast actors of a non-white heritage?

Even more importantly, how should we approach this problem? The answer is simple. Actors with a diverse ethnic backgrounds must be casted for roles that share their ethnicity, like Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino consists of Hmong actors portraying a community of the Hmong people. Most of the time, movies rarely follow through with this principle.  If more movies consisted of proper ethnic portrayal, then we can hope that many people of color would aspire to become actors, not fearing the prejudice that is attached to the movie industry.

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