Director Mustafa Keshwari examines racism through the lens of color blindness

director Mustafa Keshbari It was managed to create in the wake of the George Floyd tragedy. “I heard the news while I was painting in my studio, and all I could think about was how the pigment on her skin painted a different picture on the canvas of her faith. I just wished at that moment that we would see everyone in one color: the color of humanity, and then the idea started to grow,” says Mustafa. In the end, that was the idea color blind, which is about a colorblind mother and son facing colorblindness and social injustice. The film was a joint effort. “I was simply the vessel that the universe chose to bring this story into the collective consciousness with the help of the black community, my amazing cast and crew. It was eye-opening to see how a few shades of lighter or darker skin can make us colorblind to our own racism and prejudice. Just as people who are colorblind are often unaware of their colorblindness until later in life, many racist people do not think they are racist and are blind to it. This film is, in a larger picture, about racism. The characters can be black, and all the original creative people have faced racism in one way or another and come together to fight art.”

Both main characters are colorblind as a symbolic lens through which to view racism. “I must first thank the color scientist who worked on this project. This is the first film to collaborate with color scientists to accurately portray color blindness,” reveals Mustafa. “I thought colorblindness could play a role in challenging the meaning of racism in an artistic and symbolic way. I think none of us are born racist as children, and it’s taught by the system we’re in, so I tried to tackle racism through the eyes of an innocent black boy. The other reason was to put the audience in their perspective and see how the value of color becomes meaningless when each person sees colors differently.” The metaphor continues through the varying degrees of color blindness between mother Magdalene and son Monet. “Being a surrealist painter of the Federation of Canadian Artists Because, I made Magdalene a tritanopia so she can still paint and imagine colors she can’t see. She struggles to make a living as a painter, but her inability to see colors gives her an advantage in her imagination. To fight racism. Imagination is our most powerful tool, as Dr. King had a dream and envisioned a better world. On the other hand, Monet, as a child, became a monochrome type, a more extreme version that can only be seen in black and white. How children often see the world very abstractly. And it was done to contrast with the racist neighbor who sees everything black and white symbolically.” Their racist landlord Walton represented centuries of prejudicial policies that prevented black families from achieving upward social and economic mobility. “Racist landlords are examples of systemic racism; He is someone who lives on a high floor (upper society) and controls the land. Land ownership is one of the main causes of systemic racism in America, and I wanted to metaphorically address Walton as a white landowner living above them but not escaping them as a neighbor.

Monit is heartbreaking proof that children of color do not have the luxury of avoiding issues of racism. “I believe, as a person of color, you need to have those conversations with your white children earlier to protect your children. Through games and poems, Magdalene (the mother) tries to indirectly teach her young son about racism. In the end, he He has to learn the hard way and face the cold truth of the society he lives in.” Mostafa knows we need to work together to build a multinational coalition. “I believe the label itself can be the cause of racism. Growing up in Iran, we had people of different races, but never thought of racism within our own culture because we consider ourselves Persian regardless of color. .I notice that every ethnic group is segregated and labelled, which in itself makes us think that we are different. I believe that by bringing more diversity in schools and keeping children in the same group, we can slowly bond a friendship between children of different colors. Which can hopefully last a lifetime.” This is a future we can all get behind.

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director Mustafa Keshwari examines racism through the lens of colorblindness. Photo credit: Courtesy Project Four PR.