Actor Riz Ahmed announces $25,000 fellowships for Muslim storytellers
Actor Riz Ahmed has teamed with Pillars Fund, a Chicago-based advocacy group, and the Ford Foundation to create $25,000 fellowships for Muslim storytellers.
Taking it to Twitter, British actor, Riz Ahmed said “these stats are crazy. When it comes to #MuslimsInFilm we are either invisible or villains.”
A quantitative and qualitative research on Muslim representation in 200 popular films from the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand released between 2017 and 2019 which is entitled as “Missing & Maligned: The Reality of Muslims in Popular Global Movies”, reveals that ;
Muslims accounted for just 1.6 percent of 8,965 speaking characters in 200 films, according to the study.
Moreover, less than 10 percent of the movies included a Muslim character in a speaking role, out of which 76.4 percent were male.
The representation of Muslim females are less as compared to the ratio of Muslim male characters.
Negative and violent depictions of Muslims are all too common in Hollywood. One-third of Muslim characters are those creates violence, and more than half are target of violence.
Diverse representation within the Muslim community has also been lacking.
The report also revealed that even one Muslim character was identified as LGBTQ+, and there was one Muslim character shown with a disability.