Articles by: Abigail Murta

"It’s a story by black people for everyone," comments Harris on her upcoming film challenging shadeism within people of color. (Photo by John Ker)

Ryerson film alumna explores shadeism within the black community

Toronto-based documentary filmmaker Sara Yacobi-Harris tackled the perspectives and narratives of multi-ethnic Jewish identity in her 2016 film Who Is a Jew?. However, her deep interest in unravelling identity hasn’t stopped growing just yet, as the filmmaker takes on a new film about shadeism, entitled Dancing Through Shades.

“The film tackles the taboo subject of Shadeism by exploring the experiences of light skin individuals versus dark-skinned individuals, but also breaking down the construction of beauty and privilege that is perpetuated through shadeism and colourism” Yacobi-Harris said.

by Abigail Murta· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
(Photo by William Ukh)

Stigma behind the afro is challenged in Ryerson alumnae film

With four films now under her belt, it’s just the beginning for Toronto-based director Alicia K. Harris. Her experimental short film Maybe If It Were a Nice Room, which explores her personal experience of rape, was featured at the Female Eye Film Festival in 2016 and won best production design at the North American Film Awards.

That same year, Harris tackled a new and profoundly sensitive topic in her upcoming short film Pick: the social stigma around the afro.

by Abigail Murta· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
(Courtesy Sean Bellaviti)

Finding rhythm with Cuban ‘son’

Sean Bellaviti hosts lecture remembering Buena Vista Social Club.

by Abigail Murta· · Arts & Life, Music
(Courtesy Alicia Harris)

Ryerson alumnae shows a different meaning of rape through chilling short film

I had the chance to interview Alicia Harris in the hotel she was raped in to discuss what it took for her to go public about her story.   REVIEW  “Maybe if it were a nice room with bedding that was pristine, you would have wanted it to stay that way.” Alicia Harris recites the poem she wrote for Maybe If It Were […]

Josephine Matias' tweet of a screenshot of the email sent to her sister by instructor Kelly Train.

UPDATED: Sociology instructor allegedly slams student for rejecting the concept of a gender wage gap

In an email, Ryerson sociology instructor Kelly Train wrote that the wage gap is “very real,” before writing that “[t]he reality is patriarchy.”

by Abigail Murta· · News, On Campus
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