Episode 17 - What is Shadeism?
This week, our guest is director/ producer/writer V.T. Nayani (pron. 9'knee). Her first feature documentary SHADEISM: DIGGING DEEPER (2015) has been traveling around the world for the past few years, starting difficult conversations in our own diasporas. Nayani's long list of accomplishments includes being an alum of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Workshop for Diverse Creators, the HotDocs Festival's Doc Accelerator Program, and the 2017 ReelWorld Film Festival's Emerging 20 Program, and the recipient of the 2017 UN Women Yvonne M. Hebert Award. In 2018, Nayani's first feature drama film, THIS PLACE, was selected as a recipient of Telefilm Canada's inaugural Talent to Watch Program. Nayani is also a Co-Founder and Executive at 43°North Productions, a production company that she runs with her producing partners Camaro West and Simone Ince. Through their work together, they are focused on centering stories from the margins, featuring Black, Indigenous, and other people of colour.
In this episode, we talk about the deep-rooted racism within our own communities, why it's important to acknowledge the anti-blackness and shadeism in our diasporas in a healthy way and how to use media as a way to break these stigmas.
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