Actor Riz Ahmed leads bid to change way Muslims seen in movies

Actor Riz Ahmed leads bid to change way Muslims seen in movies

Fellowships for young Muslim artists to be decided by committee including actors Mahershala Ali and Ramy Youssef. British actor Riz Ahmed has launched an effort to improve the way Muslims are depicted in movies after a study showed that they are barely seen and shown in a negative light when they do appear. Ahmed, the Sound of Metal star and the first Muslim to get a best actor Oscar nomination, on Thursday said the Blueprint for Muslim Inclusion would include funding and mentoring for Muslim storytellers in the early stages of their careers. “The representation of Muslims on screen feeds the policies that get enacted, the people that get killed, the countries that get invaded,” Ahmed said in a statement. “The data doesn’t lie. This study shows us the scale of the problem in popular film, and its cost is measured in lost potential and lost lives,” he added. Titled Missing and Maligned, the study by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that less than 10 percent of top-grossing films released from 2017-2019 from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia …
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