This video clip is from the fourth season (2015) of Project Greenlight, an American documentary television series on HBO that follows first-time filmmakers as they are given the chance to direct a movie. In this video segment, a group of mostly White male producers, including Matt Damon, famous actor and one of the executive producers of the show, are sitting together evaluating the projects. There is one other (White) woman, but the only person of color in the group is Effie Brown, an experienced Hollywood producer who has produced seventeen feature films. As they are discussing one of the films, Effie Brown brings up a concern that the only black person in the movie is a prostitute that is slapped by her white pimp, and that it may be important to be aware of who is selected to direct a scene and characters like that, because of the representational significance of that being the only black person on screen in the film. Matt Damon interrupts to argue that the directing team had already talked about the same issue that Effie was bringing up, and she disagrees. He then proceeds to interrupt and talk over her again, explaining what he views diversity in films to be, saying, “When we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not the casting of the show,” meaning that diversity concerns only matter when thinking about who is onscreen, and not who is behind the scenes writing, directing, and producing movies.
This is a scene from the movie "Mean Girls," written by Tina Fey and released in 2004. Lindsay Lohan stars as Cady, a girl who has grown up in Africa and recently moved back to the United States. She navigates her way around the social scene at her new high school, and tries to gain acceptance in the A-list girls clique “The Plastics.” In this scene, Cady describes the ‘slut rule’ about Halloween: “In girl world, Halloween is the one night of the year when a girl can dress like a total slut, and no other girls can say anything about it.”
Memoirs of a Geisha is an Academy Award-winning film, produced in 2005 and based on a novel by author Arthur Golden. The film follows the journey of Sayuri as she rises from her roots in a small fishing village to become one of Japan's greatest geishas (a traditional Japanese female entertainer). This clip depicts the character Hatsumomo, a well-established geisha, harassing and attacking a young Sayuri.
This 2015 American Express credit card company advertisement tells the story of “unlikely leading lady” Mindy Kaling. In the video, the successful Indian American actress, comedian, and writer talks about growing up discovering that she liked and had a talent for acting and comedy, and also how she carved a path forward even though she did not see anyone who looked like her in TV and film. She also talks about the stereotypical roles she was limited to play in the past, and how significant and important it is to her now to be the visibility and representativeness on screen and in the entertainment industry that was missing when she was growing up. Throughout the video, Kaling is shown being interviewed between clips of her getting ready for her day, including exercising, eating, showering and choosing clothes, driving to work, and ultimately walking onto a set to discuss how a show is being filmed. The video ends with the American Express logo and campaign tagline: the journey never stops.
Norma Rae is a 1979 film about a woman in a small town in North Carolina who is fired from her job in a textile factory after she tries to organize a labor union. The film is based on the true story of union organizer named Crystal Lee Sutton. This scene, in which Norma Rae gains the support and solidarity of her co-workers, was a turning point in the movie and in Sutton’s real life. Sally Field, who plays Norma Rae, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal.