Lexi Alexander Gives Us a Raw Sneak Peek at How Progress Got Stopped at the DGA
Something of importance and rerribly sad happened last night at the DGA. Something we probably wouldn’t have heard much about if it wasn’t for the stellar work filmmaker Lexi Alexander has been doing without rest for months and months now, about tackling conversations Hollywood does not want to see tackled, from piracy to gender equality.
Last night at the DGA, the Ramaa Mosley motion was put to vote, to see if it would move to the next step, i.e. be considered by the DGA National Board.
The Ramaa Mosley motion asked a seemingly simple thing: that women and men of all ethnicities be separated into two categories. Why is that? Because at the moment, ‘the ethnic minority’ category includes both male and women, which means that by hiring a male director from this category, Studios comply with all quotas and don’t have to worry about the terrible, terrible task of hiring a woman (an ethnic woman!).
From Alexander’s tweets, it seems that the room was mostly composed of women filmmakers, and yet, it was denied. A majority of women thought the Ramaa Mosley was not a good idea. How did they justify it rationally in their head, I don’t know. But I feel it’s my duty, as a woman storyteller and filmmaker to share this story here.
Lexi Alexander live tweeted the session, and retweeted live reactions. I don’t think this has ever been done before, and this is something we should all pay attention to and react to.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not working on the American soil or might never become a DGA member, the Filmmaking community on a global scale is minuscule. The women among them are even fewer.
As a storyteller, I can’t refuse to recognize that every voice matter in our field, and that we can’t survive as a species with substance if our History and Imagination are voiced by the same persons over and over again. There is space for much more people than we are lead to believe.
Scroll through Lexi Alexander’s tweeting session. Spread the word if you think things ought to change.
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