REPRESENT! is a monthly spotlight of filmmakers and storytellers from different cultures, countries, identities, and underrepresented groups in order to expose and educate our community to unique voices and visions in cinema. Scarecrow will join forces with a spectrum of community partners to collaboratively curate lists of films as well as provide resources about the experiences they represent.
July / August 2021 – Black filmmakers
June 2021 – LGBTQ+ Filmmakers
This month for REPRESENT! we scratch the surface of queer cinema by exploring films by LGBTQ+ directors throughout film history. Queer stories have been told on film since 1916 with the partially lost Swedish film “Vingarne” directed by Mauritz Stiller. Even so, looking at this month’s list it’s clear that out LGBTQ+ directors were hardly common until the second half of the 20th century, and even still were predominately cis, white directors within the United States and Europe. Though LGBTQ+ directors and queer stories have become increasingly popular and movements like the New Queer Cinema have had major impacts in the film industry, queer stories and filmmakers continue to be underrepresented—especially BIPOC, trans, lesbian, and asexual directors. Make sure to check out our LGBTQ+ section in the literature room for many, many more titles!
May 2021 – Asian Pacific Filmmakers
For the month of May, which is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we honor the filmmakers and artists who have contributed to Asia Pacific cinema. We share with you a list of films that is only a small sample of a vastly diverse body of work. Asia consists of 48 countries, each possessing its own distinct cultural identity and history. Although we realize our limits to celebrating all of these countries’ works, we hope that our selections are a good place to start. This selection of films represent works in and about Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam, and are directed by Asians, Americans, and Asian Americans. From deeply influential classics that changed the face of cinema such as Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon (1951) and Seven Samurai (1954) to contemporary films about today’s Asians fighting for noteworthy causes such as Davis Guggenheim’s documentary He Named Me Malala (2015), we hope you enjoy our selected list. Please join us in supporting filmmaking about Asia and Asians by watching these films, whether it’s your first time or your 20th time.