New Zealand film director Taika Waititi talks about the importance of diversity in entertainment in this touching animation for the Toronto International Film Festival.
Taika rose to fame over the last decade with show stealing performances in Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do In The Shadows. He also co-directed both movies and impressed audiences the world over. Taika is half Maori. The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. The actor and director is one of the most visible celebrities of Maori descent and in this animation he talks about the importance of indigenous representation on screen. He cites himself as an example of the growing wave of film makers that are from an indigenous background.
He also discusses the importance of people of indigenous descent writing and creating their own stories. All too often, when non-minority groups try and make entertainment about minorities, they can inadvertently “other” though groups or push narratives that are tokenistic. Taika tells us that if we have more indigenous people in the writing room, the perception of them on screen will be much better. It’s not just about representation, it’s also about the quality of the representation as well.
Taika Waititi|Toronto International Film Festival|Animation
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