Ethnic minorities, feminists, queers, – series and TV shows is a suitable way to represent people the value of tolerance. A new project of Fatimah Asghar, “Brown Girls”, will be on air this March. The teaser has already received a lot of good impressions from American audience. 

 

One biography, thousands of characters

As director and producer of the show, Sam Bailey, says that exclusivity of the story lays in characters that are not largely explored in media and TV. Human psychology is the key of understanding their importance in today’s world. The entertainment indusrty is believed to be a powerful participant of all current trends ans its influence is hard to be overrated.  In this show, there are two main heroines: Leila (Nabila Hossain),a South Asian-American writer who is trying to cope with her sexual orientation difficulties, and her best friend Patricia (Sonia Denis), a black musician who is also having many financial, artistical and private deals she constantly lives with. The background of both is full of conflict, sometimes ironic stories, that catch our interest and empathy. Pretty simple by its plot, the series seem to be perfect for progressive youth.  Another pecularity of “Brown Girls” is that it’s led by a crew of 95 percent women and people of color. Bailey feels really proud of his team:”Everyone was so invested. It was personal for them and I think that comes through in the final product.” The crowdfunding campaign has successfully  raised 7618 in 6 months, and so the initiative of Fatimah Asghar has supported. It is also said that a script Fatimah wrote contains a lot of her real past experience.

Inside "Brown Girls"

Inside "Brown Girls"

The process of filmmaking and the format of webseries were also questionned. Why director chose is as a medium? “For me, as a black girl in filmmaking, a webseries is my way into learning so much about the filmmaking process. We could shoot it and still get the chance to figure it out, but we can still bring the same level of love and attention that an indie film has”, – claims Bailey. The censorship of regional TV matters too.” A webseries gave us the freedom of control and distribution. We really wanted to make sure we were getting it out to people we really cared about for free”, – adds Asghar. In addition, Web is considered to be a thing that penetrated into everyone’s perception of the world. What is Internet security and how we can express ourselves peacefully online? “It can be a harmful place, especially if it’s where you put all your energy. But it can also be a really amazing place of connection. For a lot of queer artists of color, it is that. And that can really create a saving of the internet”, – that is another point of Asghar on the digital media transformation.

Inside "Brown Girls"

Inside "Brown Girls"

 

The representation of millenials: there should be a balance

Why the friendship between people of color is a narrative we need to discuss? Asghar thinks that sisterhood love is a concept not so popular than romantic love. If we analyze all themes of latest series, it will turn oul to be true fact.  But what is the main goal? Actually, not feminist actions, that have reached the top in 2016. “We want people to see people who look like them on screen and feel less alone in the world, especially now. The energy  of friendship is palpable and we really wanted to explore that”, –  Bailey spotlights in the interview to “Jet” magazine. You may be black, browm or anyone, but the solitude is a thing we are all afraid of, even at the movement of denying that. Broadly, millenials are stillnot enough studied in sociology, so the main breakthrough in this sphere will probably be made in next several years. The harmony, – or the balance, – is still not archieved because of stereotypes, prejudices and abuse. Let we help them in becoming better to each other.

Inside "Brown Girls"

Inside "Brown Girls"

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