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Sunday, November 18, 2012

First-Time Filmmaker Mariette Monpierre Talks Hollywood Representation and Skin Color on "Cinema in Noir"

On today's show filmmaker Mariette Monpierre shared the inspiration behind her touching autobiographical feature, Elza, on tonight's Cinema In Noir. The film follows the title character, a young woman (excellently played by Stana Roumillac), who journeys to her homeland in Guadeloupe in search of her estranged father and her own self-identity. It also deals with skin color perception and finding your own self-worth in a very judgmental society--issues we have talked about on the show before.

In this must-listen interview, Monpierre touches on how the issue affects people of color, especially women, in other areas in the world. It's also interesting to hear her take on the fatherless children epidemic, which is another theme in the movie. For more information on Elza, which will premiere later this month in New York City, please click here.

And speaking of perception, the ladies and I further delve into Hollywood's representation of characters of color in mainstream Hollywood films, including most recently Lincoln. Does Hollywood have an obligation to highlight the narrative of black characters, even if the film isn't necessarily about them? We discuss the latest New York Times article about it here. We even talk about how the issue has infiltrated the small screen over the years in shows like Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman as discussed in a recent Racialicious article.

We know this is a hot button issue, especially right now, so we'd love to hear your thoughts on it. Please leave your comments below. And to listen to a recap of the show, here it is:


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