Twelve-year old Zuriel Oduwole recently made history when she became the youngest person in the world to have her documentary screened in a commercial movie theatre.
Oduwole, a Nigerian native residing in Los Angeles, is also the youngest person of African descent to be listed on the 100 Most Influential Africans list in 2013 alongside three Presidents.
She was also the youngest person in the world to be profiled in Forbes Magazine at the age of 10.
The inspiring young female showed her newest documentary titled A Promising Africa at the Film House Cinema chain in Lagos in November 2014.
The documentary will be screened in London this month, January 2015, and a limited and early release is scheduled for later in the year.
Topping this list are Boyz N the Hood, Claudine, Love Jones, Precious, Set It Off, Foxy Brown, Stormy Weather, Eve's Bayou, Carmen Jones, Hoop Dreams, Shaft, Malcom X, The Color Purple, Lilies of the Field, City of God, What's Love Got to Do With It, and Coming to America.
"We failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity"
The director and studio for the action-fantasy Gods of Egypt are apologizing after the film’s lack of diversity sparked backlash.
Directed by Alex Proyas and set in ancient Egypt, the tale of deities and mortals fighting over the fate of the world features several white actors in prominent roles, including Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Brenton Thwaites. Many observers objected to the casting choices when characters posters and a trailer were unveiled earlier this month.
Proyas said in a statement Friday, “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”
Lionsgate, the studio behind Gods of Egypt, added, “We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.”
Forbes first reported Proyas and Lionsgate’s mea culpa.
Gods of Egypt is the most recent film to be criticized for “whitewashing” its cast. Others include the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, the romantic comedy Aloha, the LGBT rights drama Stonewall, the Peter Pan origin story Pan, and the sci-fi movie The Martian.
Gods of Egypt opens Feb. 26.
This article originally on EW.com
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