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RACE to Be Human addresses the apprehension and confusion so many of us feel when it comes to talking about race and racism.
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RACE to Be Human addresses the impact of racism on our mental health through the lens of students, experts and educators.

Created for schools, communities and corporations, RACE to Be Human addresses the apprehension and confusion so many of us feel when it comes to talking about race and racism. The film program examines micro-aggressions, allyship, the role of social media, and more. It also shares how we can promote curiosity, self-reflection, and empathy through conversations at home, school and work. 

The film program includes strategies to inspire self reflection and accountability so that, as individuals, we are more aware and, as  communities, we can collectively honor dignity and pursue belonging. 

RACE to Be Human weaves together personal narratives and insight from students and parents with perspectives and data from educators, mental health practitioners, and diversity and inclusion experts.  Appropriate for all ages starting at 10 years old.

LA Diane Guzman (16x9)
Hong Kong Student (16x9)
LA Mindy Herrera (16x9)
LA youth cropped (16x9)
London mom with kid (16x9)
Hong Kong male student (16x9)
Hong Kong female student 1 (16x9)
London young man cropped (16x9)
London mother and daughter (16x9)
Seattle female participant (16x9)
SH Kids (16x9)
SH Kids 3 (16x9)
SH Youth 1 (16x9)
SH Youth 2 (16x9)

What RACE to Be Human Covers

Definitions

 

What does race, racism, and colorism mean? What are microaggressions?

History

 

Where did racism come from? How does racism differ around the world?

Words

 

How is racism often encoded in the words we use and the assumptions that we make when we talk to people?

Pop culture / media

 

The influence of Pop culture / media - negative and positive

How racism affects mental health

Racism in institutions

 

Schools, workplaces, congregations

Stories of allyship

Action and accountability

How we can start making small changes today

Filmmaker and iNDIEFLIX CEO Scilla Andreen gives an update on RACE to Be Human filming.

What happens when schools have courageous conversations?

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 Who is RACE to Be Human For?

Everyone needs to be a part of this conversation.

To do sufficient justice to the breadth and importance of this subject, in the future we hope to  produce a shorter version of RACE To Be Human so even the youngest members of our community can watch and learn (ages 6+).

Similar themes will be explored in each version, with the length and complexity balanced to fit different audiences:

  • Elementary-aged children
  • Middle and High School students
  • College and adult/corporate audiences

The film program for ages 10 & up is currently available in two editions: the Creative Coping Toolkits Education Edition and Workplace Edition. 

Our CCT is a turn-key, online learning platform designed to support social-emotional well-being. The program includes the film broken into chapter clips, with discussion guides, exercises, and reflections.

Experts Featured in RACE to Be Human

Newly Added: RACE to Be Human Learning Bursts

The RACE to Be Human Learning Bursts address specific questions in short, easily-digestible video clips under 5-minutes. These questions further explore topics addressed in the film to expand learning, self-reflection, and agency for positive change. Current topics include:

  • What is hidden bias? Am I biased? If so, what can I do about it?
  • Can anyone be racist?  
  • How can I ask about a person's ethnic identity? 
  • Racist vs prejudice vs discrimination?
  • What is intersectionality? 
  • What is the model minority myth? 

The RACE to Be Human Learning Bursts are available as part of the Creative Coping Toolkit. 

Deborah Plummer & Scilla (16x9)
Hong Kong filming (16x9)
LA Scilla filming (16x9)
LA Diane Guzman with Scilla (16x9)
LA family with Scilla (16x9)

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Our mission is to help open up conversations and understanding with this film program. Thank you for being on this journey with us! 

LA Jason Craig Harris (16x9)
LA Scilla with participant 1 (16x9)
RACE filming (16x9)
SH Scilla with mom 1 (16x9)
SH Scilla with mom 2 (16x9)

Filming Locations

Race is a global issue, so we have been filming both outside and within the US. Locations include:

  • Hong Kong
  • London, UK
  • New York City
  • Seattle
  • Cleveland
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento

In each location we have been filming a balance of school-aged students, educators, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion specialists and mental health advocates

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