“W’AT ABOWT US is focused on issues that have always been with us: that of gender-based violence,” - Shelley Jarrett
“It suddenly emerged in the fall of 2017, as the #metoo movement had exploded into mainstream American news headlines, with a celebrity outcry that exposed the breadth and depth of male sexual exploitation of females in the arts and entertainment industry, the media profession, and the political arena. What resulted was a somewhat narrow spectrum of victims who were predominantly white women,”
According to the Guyanese-Canadian producer, this gender-based violence documentary series “educates and brings awareness to major social justice issues, and encourages survivors to speak out and speak up about their situation.”
The documentary also allows for community development, that will get down to the root causes of that issue and talk about how we can effect change from a grassroots level on up.
Gender-based violence is as important to the Hamilton community as it is anywhere in the world, because “it is a global issue,” and now is more important than ever for awareness to be raised towards issue, due to the pandemic.
“COVID-19 has exposed the economic harassment and abuse, beyond the sexual, emotional, and physical that came out in 2017, when the #metoo movement first went viral and, in the years, immediately afterward,”
“Everything begins and ends with systemic racism and discrimination. Inequality has always existed but was more subtle until the rise of populist politics in the last decade, which has taken the blinders off and shown the challenges for what they really are,”
“It is vital for cultural minorities and people of colour to see people like themselves on the big screen because it gives them a platform which they cannot access themselves.”
See the full interview at: https://905news.ca/culture/documentary-screening-at-hbff-highlights-gender-based-violence-and-metoo-movement/?fbclid=IwAR12ESvUbviUicLFwgW6mtXk2Wwu-MZfAWuf0V6gnGt2MiZ337cT9LbvIls