Reebok and Array, the media and arts collective Founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, hosted a day-long event on February 8 in Los Angeles celebrating women in film. Throughout the day hundreds of people came to Array’s Creative Campus for free screenings of a quartet of female-directed films including Honey Boy, Late Night, Queen & Slim, and The Farewell.
The event, entitled “It’s A Man’s World”: A Celebration of Women in Film, was created in response to on-going award season debate, as celebrities and industry insiders continue to raise concern with the lack of female representation and recognition in Hollywood. The panel was moderated by Teen Vogue’s director of culture and entertainment, Dani Kwateng-Clark, joined by the stars of “Pose,” Mj Rodriguez, Kasi Lemmons (director, “Harriet), Stella Meghie (director, “The Photograph”) and Nisha Ganatra (d, “Late Night).
The discussion, kicked off by Ava DuVernay, and attended by industry VIPs and Hollywood icons Vondie Curtis-Hall, Ryan Michelle Bathe and Arika Himmel (ABC’s “Mixed-ish), tackled important questions related to women’s pathways to recognition, what cultural and structural changes are needed, the social consequences of persistent gender inequity and how women will break through these barriers to create a more level playing field in Hollywood and beyond.
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