Profiles of notable people of color + their creations.
“Our 100 Days” is a short film series that recently launched on May 18. The series, founded by independent film studios Firelight Media and Field of Vision, spotlights the resistance of communities most vulnerable under the Trump administration. The film series’ goal is to provide awareness of the current political climate. In doing so, it presents the Trump administration as a viable threat to women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, the immigrant population, and all their intersections.
“Not only do we need new stories, we need new storytellers,” co-producer Stanley Nelson shares. “The partnership with Field of Vision has allowed us to deepen that support by providing filmmakers of color with the resources and platform necessary to create powerful cinematic narratives that deepen our understanding of these frightening times.”
“An Act of Worship” is the first short and initial introduction to the series, chronicling a group of Muslim activists resisting Trump’s travel ban. Directed by Nausheen Dadabhoy and Sofian Khan, the ten-minute film follows the leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and their protests and lawsuits.
Each documentary will be produced and directed by new individuals, the majority of whom are people of color. As of May, the roster includes Vietnamese-American documentary maker Adele Pham, as well as Puerto Rican filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo.
Currently, episodes are scheduled to be released every Thursday on Fusion, with Twitter chats hosted under the hashtag #Our100Days at 1 p.m. EDT.
valerie wu is a student at presentation high school in san jose, california. she is an asian-american activist who thrives at the intersection of ethnicity, migration, & human rights. her work has previously been recognized nationally by the scholastic art & writing awards, and has been featured on the huffington post, susan cain's quiet revolution, and we are three dimensional. she tweets @valerie_wu.