This is one of my favorite quotes by the gorgeous, talented director. DuVernay said this following casting choices in films that were not ethnically congruent with the characters being played (see #GodsofEgypt
). I think acting creates a wonderful space to explore a person you're not, but when it comes to film and television where so many races and ethnicities are under-represented (and not because of a lack of talent), there's no reason a talented Egyptian actor should be sidestepped for a popular white actor. How does an actor become popular to begin with? First, they have to be seen.
#AvaDuvernay #OscarsSoWhite #EqualRepresentation #Diversity #Accuracy #EqualOpportunity #BeingSeen
(Image behind quote from AvaDuvernay.com)