Looking for a movie that shows real inclusion? The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at University of Southern California is a think tank studying diversity and inclusion in entertainment through research and sponsored projects. It has now published the last few years’ best 100 films from an inclusion perspective based on its own criteria about inclusion in front of and behind the camera.
“With The Inclusion List, our goal is to celebrate the films, filmmakers, and companies who are supporting inclusion on screen and behind the camera,” Smith said. “This is the first rigorous, quantitative assessment of hiring practices across almost 400 movies and more than 900 producers, over 350 directors, and 16 distributors”, says Associate Professor of Communication Stacy L. Smith.
The Woman King is a historical drama film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. It is based on true events and follows the story of Nanisca, a general of the all-female military unit known as the Agojie, and her daughter Nawi, who fought against French colonialists in 18th century West Africa. The film stars Viola Davis and Thuso Mbedu.
The Farewell is a comedy-drama film directed by Lulu Wang. The movie follows a Chinese-American woman named Billi who travels to China with her family to say goodbye to her grandmother, who is dying of cancer. However, the family has decided not to tell the grandmother the truth and instead stages a fake wedding to gather everyone together. The film stars Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, and Diana Lin.
Zola is a biographical crime-comedy-drama film directed by Janicza Bravo. Based on a viral Twitter thread, the film follows a stripper named Zola who embarks on a wild road trip with a new friend to Florida, where they become involved in a dangerous and chaotic scheme.
Harriet is a biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons. The movie tells the story of Harriet Tubman, a former enslaved person who escapes and becomes a legendary abolitionist, freeing hundreds of enslaved people through the Underground Railroad. The film stars Cynthia Erivo.
Laal Singh Chaddha is an Indian comedy-drama film, and an official adaptation of the Hollywood movie Forrest Gump. The movie follows the life of a man named Laal Singh Chaddha as he navigates through various historical events in India from the 1980s to the present day. Aamir Khan stars in the film.