Diversity as well as appropriate, ethical representations in film can spell the difference between introducing and normalizing a certain culture, ethnicity, social group, and lifestyle to an audience or completely ostracizing it in the most extreme cases.
The film industry is a tricky one, and it is difficult enough to get your screenplay to so much as cross the desk of a notable Hollywood producer let alone to convince an entire studio to invest millions of dollars in producing, promoting, and distributing your project to the entire world. It seems like an impossible feat, but don’t let your hopes down just yet.
How you can promote diversity in film
Filmmakers have the responsibility to entertain and to generate as much money as possible from their project despite any moral or ethical dilemmas that they might personally have with the project. However, some directors value the very unique movie-viewer relationship that can foster enormous change in the world and try to create films that feel real, true, and promote healthy messages to the public.
It is important to support artists like this, whether well-known, or local independent filmmakers whose work you admire and who aim to inspire and tell new, fresh stories from perspectives we have yet to encounter much as a collective audience in order to foster more diversity in the film industry.
How films affect society
Since the beginning of their existence, people have looked towards films to tell them how to live and what to value in their lives, the 1961 motion picture, Breakfast At Tiffany’s was no different. With its strong themes of independence, transience, friendship, and fear, it explores the complexity of a single woman’s story and how you can never truly judge a person without knowing their past.