The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has launched its first-ever examine on Muslim illustration. Dr. Stacy L. Smith and Co. investigated the prevalence and portrayals of Muslim characters throughout 200 top-grossing movies launched between 2017 and 2019, throughout a global pattern. “The analysis confirmed that Muslim characters had been erased in widespread films, that portrayals lack intersectional inclusion, and that Muslims nonetheless face stereotyping on display,” a press launch particulars.
Titled “Lacking & Maligned: The Actuality of Muslims in Standard International Motion pictures,” the quantitative and qualitative report “reveals erasure and demeaning portrayals of Muslim characters.” Muslims not often seem on-screen: lower than two % of greater than 8,500 talking characters throughout the movies examined had been Muslim. When Muslim characters are represented, the neighborhood is stereotyped “as outsiders, threatening, and as subservient, notably to white characters.” Roughly one-third of Muslim characters are depicted as perpetrators of violence, and greater than half are targets of violence.
The examine discovered that almost all of Muslim characters had been boys and males (76.4%) whereas 23.6% of all Muslim characters had been women and girls.
“Greater than half of the first and secondary Muslim characters in these movies had been immigrants, migrants, or refugees, which together with different findings within the examine constantly rendered Muslims as ‘international,’” mentioned Al-Baab Khan, one of many examine authors. “Muslims reside all around the world, however movie audiences solely see a slender portrait of this neighborhood, reasonably than viewing Muslims as they’re: enterprise homeowners, pals and neighbors whose presence is a part of trendy life. By presenting Muslims in an abundance of storylines, audiences can see and resonate with the innumerable experiences of Muslims from all walks of life.”
Oscar-nominated “Sound of Steel” actor Riz Ahmed, who supported the examine, emphasised that huge display depictions of Muslims have real-world penalties. “The illustration of Muslims on display feeds the insurance policies that get enacted, the folks that get killed, the international locations that get invaded,” he defined. “The information doesn’t lie. This examine reveals us the dimensions of the issue in widespread movie, and its value is measured in misplaced potential and misplaced lives.”
In response to “Lacking & Maligned: The Actuality of Muslims in Standard International Motion pictures’” findings, the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has joined a coalition of companions spearheaded by Pillars Fund to create The Blueprint for Muslim Inclusion. Containing brief, medium, and long-term options for change, concrete suggestions, and sensible assets, The Blueprint for Muslim Inclusion could be learn in full right here.
In partnership with Ahmed and Left Handed Movies, Pillars Fund can also be launching a brand new fellowship that “seeks to rework the cultural panorama by creating alternatives for Muslim storytellers.” Extra details about the fellowship for Muslim artists within the U.S. and U.Okay. on the early stage of their profession could be discovered right here.
You possibly can try “Lacking & Maligned: The Actuality of Muslims in Standard International Motion pictures” right here.