What Are You?
Catalogue Number: TVP096
Producer: Video Project, Inc.
Subject: Diversity, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Gender Studies, Guidance, Health, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Sociology, Women's Studies
Grade Level: 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: United States
Copyright Year: 2019
Running Time: 20:01
In this revealing documentary, eleven people with a range of backgrounds discuss what it is like being of mixed racial heritage within the context of North America. Each of the participants presents their unique outlook on growing up mixed and the challenges they've faced in their lives.
"Family photos add visuals to their poignant words. This thought-provoking program is a plea for kindness, understanding, and acceptance that is needed in this growing demographic. Teens will identify with these questions of identity."— Booklist
FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "For years I've been asked the strange, confrontational question: 'What are you?' The question concerns my racial identity, and it unsettles me because I don't have an exact answer and because I simultaneously don't believe it matters. But it's also a question that the more it is asked, the more it seems to matter. 'What Are You' is a short personal documentary that uses interviews to explore the lives of multiracial people (myself included) as they reveal the struggles and challenges of being of mixed racial heritage in Canada.
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