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A documentary for all ages that explores how we can teach our children about racism
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RACE To Be Human addresses the impact of racism on our mental health through the lens of students, experts and educators.

Created for schools, communities and corporations, RACE to be Human addresses the apprehension and confusion so many of us feel when it comes to talking about race and racism. The film examines micro-aggressions, allyship and the role of social media. It also shares how we can participate and build empathy through conversations at home, work and school. 

The program includes strategies and tips to check ourselves and others while inspiring self reflection, so that as individuals we are more aware, and as  communities we can move forward more equitably.

The film and companion materials will be available February 2022. As with our other film programs, RACE To Be Human will weave together personal testimonials and insights from students and parents with perspectives and data from educators, mental health practitioners and diversity and inclusion experts.  Appropriate for all ages starting at 10 years old.

LA Diane Guzman (16x9)
Hong Kong Student (16x9)
LA Mindy Herrera (16x9)
LA youth cropped (16x9)
London mom with kid (16x9)
Hong Kong male student (16x9)
Hong Kong female student 1 (16x9)
London young man cropped (16x9)
London mother and daughter (16x9)
Seattle female participant (16x9)
SH Kids (16x9)
SH Kids 3 (16x9)
SH Youth 1 (16x9)
SH Youth 2 (16x9)

What RACE To Be Human Covers

Definitions

 

What does race, racism, colorism mean? What are microaggressions?

History

 

Where did racism come from, and how does it differ around the world?

Words

 

How is racism often encoded in the words that we use and the assumptions that we make when we talk to people?

Pop culture / media

 

The influence of Pop culture / media - negative and positive

How racism affects mental health

Racism in institutions

 

Schools, workplaces, congregations

Stories of allyship

Action and accountability

How we can start making small changes today

Filmmaker and iNDIEFLIX CEO Scilla Andreen gives an update on RACE to Be Human filming

Scilla Andreen reflects on some learning during RACE To Be Human production

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 Who RACE To Be Human Is For

Everyone needs to be a part of this conversation.

To do sufficient justice to the enormity and importance of this subject, our road map is to eventually produce a shorter version of RACE To Be Human so even the youngest members of our community can watch and learn (ages 6+).

Similar themes will be explored in each version, with the length and complexity balanced to fit different audiences:

  • Elementary-aged children
  • Middle and High School students
  • College and adult/corporate audiences

Each film-program will be accompanied by appropriate follow-on discussion materials and resources. For middle and high school students, RACE To Be Human will be accompanied by a tailored conversation with activities. 

Some of the Experts Featured in RACE To Be Human

The RACE To Be Human Series

An accompanying RACE To Be Human series will address specific questions in short, easily-digestible 5-15 minute programs. Topics have not been finalized, but will focus on helping viewers get beneath the surface of issues and media rhetoric and understand their own biases more deeply, so they can work, play and converse more sensitively. Possible topics include:

  • Why am I told to check my privilege?  
  • What if I talk about race wrong? 
  • Talking is great but what else can I do?
  • Is police brutality really about race?
  • How can I talk about affirmative action?
  • Is it ever OK to say the N-word?
  • What is cultural appropriation?
  • Why can’t I touch your hair?
  • I just got called racist what do I do now?

The RACE To Be Human series will be made available as the episodes are produced.

Deborah Plummer & Scilla (16x9)
Hong Kong filming (16x9)
LA Scilla filming (16x9)
LA Diane Guzman with Scilla (16x9)
LA family with Scilla (16x9)

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Our mission is to help open up conversations and understanding with this film-program. Thank you for being on this journey with us! 

LA Jason Craig Harris (16x9)
LA Scilla with participant 1 (16x9)
RACE filming (16x9)
SH Scilla with mom 1 (16x9)
SH Scilla with mom 2 (16x9)

Filming Locations

Race is a global issue, so we have been filming both outside and within the US. Locations include:

  • Hong Kong
  • London, UK
  • New York City
  • Seattle
  • Cleveland
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles

In each location we have been filming a balance of school-aged students, educators, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion specialists and mental health advocates

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