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Till director and writer Chinonye Chukwu has spoken out against the Academy for the lack of diversity in its 2023 Oscar nominations.

Chinonye Chukwu, screenwriter and director of the film Till highlighted “shameless misogyny against black women” after his tape was conspicuously ignored in the 2023 Oscar nominations. Well, unlike various bets and assumptions made by critics and the media, Danielle Deadwyler, film protagonist, She did not appear in the final shortlist for Best Actress.

Now, the director has spoken regarding the Academy leaving aside, not only till among his considerations, but to other films starring African-American talent which, despite being critically acclaimed, were not even mentioned, such as The Woman King Y nope.

Does the cinema need to change?

After the nominations, the specialized press immediately highlighted the absence of figures such as Viola Davis, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Jordan Peele, Keke Palmer, Danielle Deadwyler and Chinonye Chukwu in the contest, who in their respective tapes have received great recognition at festivals and other awards.

That is why, to through his Instagram account, Chukwu commented that “we live in a world and industries that are aggressively committed to highlighting the Caucasian race,” what inherently maintains “a shameless misogyny against women of color” in force.

till is based on the true story of Mommy Tillwho became one of the leading activists for Civil Rights in the 1950s, after her son was kidnapped and killed for being black. During the funeral, Mamie Till asked that the casket be left open for the ceremony, in order for the United States to witness the brutality against people of color.

Tape has 98% positive reviews In the portal Rotten Tomatoes, plus a rarely reached A+ grade on Cinemascorewhich highlights the great critical and audience reception that the film has had, especially pointing out Deadwyler’s performance as one of the best of the year and which has led her to appear in competitions such as the BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, Gotham, among several others.

Nonetheless, Till did not appear in any of the categories of the Oscars, doing a great media noise due to its absence.

a colored perspective

Chinonye Chukwu stressed the importance of telling stories about people of color, from racially diverse voicesassuring that despite not achieving a nomination she feels “grateful for the greatest lesson of my life, despite the challenges and obstacles, that gave me the power to cultivate my own joy, which is one of my greatest forms of resistance.”

Earlier during The Hollywood Reporter’s writers’ round table, the director emphasized the relevance of telling the story of tillnot from Emmett’s tragic point of view (whose case is sometimes morbidly highlighted), but through her mother’s eyes and with the impact it had for the movement.

“When I told the producers [Whoopi Goldberg y Barbara Broccoli] that this had to be focused on Mamie’s emotional point of view, that she was the one who had to be the protagonist and whose journey we would go on, they agreed immediately, and we went from there.”

Chinonye Chukwu, THR’s Writers Roundtable

He also stressed that viewing the tape had a positive reaction in black communities in the United States, especially since, unlike films that “lack racial sensitivity in their direction”his goal was not to make a story about trauma and pain.

“This is not the traumatic, pornographic film that someone wanted it to be” added producer Keith Beauchamp during the New York Film Festival “We were very careful in building Mamie’s story to make sure it was done with respect and dignity.”

Till will premiere in Mexican theaters on February 16, 2023.

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