Clear Proof Our Films Need More Diversity

by Isabel Bartholomew

Dylan Marron’s project Every Single Word is a simple premise with a powerful message: He edits mainstream movies and leaves only the speaking parts of people of color. The results? Usually, 30 or 40 seconds of screen time. Big hits (Her, American Hustle) and indie films (like Frances Ha) alike illustrate the shameful lack of representation for people of color in the mainstream film industry.

(500) Days of Summer contains less than 30 seconds of content with a nonwhite speaker.


Moonrise Kingdom contains about 10 seconds.


Black Swan? 24 seconds.


Our film industry caters to a white audience and sets whiteness as a standard of “normalcy.” Marron’s project shows that this is fact, with no room for debate.

Via Buzzfeed

Image via HelloGiggles


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