This short documentary portrays an actor's perspective on ethnocentrism and systemic racism in the entertainment industry. Made as part of the Work for All project in 2006, an NFB and HRSDC-Labour initiative to combat racism in the workplace.
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The idea of looking at systemic racism in the entertainment industry is excellent but this work really does not address racism in our field. In fiction works the casting is based on the script. Actors who can't open a feature will not likely get the lead parts. While many of the secondary roles can be race neutral, for example a cab driver, store staffer, office assistant, etc. Some require a specific look, age, height, etc. Using language skill sets to cast a role is reasonable. Using other skill sets is also reasonable, like being able to ride a horse, drive an 18 wheeler. The biggest problem is that too few women and people of color are working in above the line positions or as executives at networks, studios, etc.
mwblock, 2 Sep 2012
Acting is definitely a hard career to pursue, especially in North America. However, one does tend to wonder why this woman doesn't try pursuing an acting career in Korea, considering how the film industry there is thriving. Personally, I absolutely enjoy Korean films, and, not to mention, there are many Korean actors who get noticed for American films due to their success in Korea.
Gabe, 22 Fév 2011
I find its unbelievable how stereotypical people are. Chinese isn't a language. Its not just with asian though, there are stereotypes of all cultures. Stereotyping is evolved through ignorance. People are ignorant of other cultures so they make stereotyps.
JasonST, 22 Fév 2011
I guess that even in this day and age theres a lot of stereotyping being done. But I believe you cant blame the movie industry, because after all, its the people who chose what they want to watch. Stereotyping doesnt only happen in North America, we can find it all over the world.
Jessika, 22 Fév 2011
It is sad that a lot of people do just stereotype people and think "ok just because he looks Mexican he can speak Spanish", but sometimes they can not. They also think that all Asians can speak any language in Asia. We need to help people to stop stereotyping.