Major blockbuster films, such as Deadpool 2 and various Marvel movies, starring significant black characters have been filmed in Vancouver recently. Although a step in the right direction to promote cultural diversity in films, Chirinos says there needs to be more production written and produced by people of colour and women.
“There are so many stories that we are lacking we can learn from if we have more women, if we have more black people, if we have more Filipino people, more Indian people, more Indigenous stories…I think we would be a wealthier society, socially, if there were more representation.” – Barbara Chirinos, founder of Black History Month film series at VIFF.
She says she hopes to turn this film series into a festival because of the interest from the public and the growing black population in Vancouver.
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Listen to the full interview below.