British actress Riz Ahmed began an effort to improve the way Muslims are portrayed in films last Thursday, according to a study that showed Muslims are rarely seen and viewed negatively when they appear.
Ahmed, sound of metal Star and Best Actor, the first Muslim to be nominated for an Oscar, said the blueprint for Muslim inclusion would include funding and mentoring for Muslim storytellers early in their careers.
“The portrayal of Muslims on the screen affects the policies enacted, the people being killed, and the countries being invaded,” Ahmed said in a statement.
“The data aren’t a lie. This study shows us the scale of the problem in popular movies, and its cost is measured in potential losses and loss of life,” he added.
A study by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, titled “Missing and Maligned,” found that less than 10% of the top-grossing films released in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand in 2017-2019 had at least one Muslim-speaking character. turned out to be
When they did, they appeared to be outsiders, intimidating or submissive. About a third of Muslim characters were perpetrators of violence and more than half were targets of violence.
Al-Baab Khan said, “Muslims live all over the world, but moviegoers see only a narrow portrait of this community rather than seeing Muslims as they are. They are business owners, friends and neighbors that are part of modern life,” said Al-Baab Khan. . of the report author.
Ahmed, 38, was born in London to Pakistani parents and said funding to get more Muslim actors, writers and producers into the film and television business would be game-changing.
“I wouldn’t have been able to attend drama school if I hadn’t received scholarships and private donations,” he said.
The $25,000 fellowship for young Muslim artists will be decided by an advisory board that includes actors Mahershala Ali and Ramy Youssef and comedian Hasan Minhaj.