Who is Missing From the Coming-of-Age Narrative

DOK Industry Podcast 2020

Who is Missing From the Coming-of-Age Narrative


As an educator Shakira Refos is always thinking about the population she serves, her students. In prioritising Black kids in her work, she’s always confronted by the challenge to find the same precious films for their age in which they can see their everyday struggles reflected back to them. Struggles they face by simply and sweetly living their lives as teenagers. Her wish is to see more Black joy in documentary film. 

Let’s start by having an honest conversation about whiteness and the role arts administrators play on the self-perception of Black kids through the media culture we curate. 

Language: English 
Duration: 77 min

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Shakira Refos
California Film Institute

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Celeste Truffaut Wong
Mill Valley Film Festival
Nathan Murthy

Curated by
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Lucy Mukerjee
POC2 Programmers of Colour Collective
DOK Industry is realised with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media upon a Decision of the German Bundestag.
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DOK Industry Podcast 2020