Work For All, an online film project by the NFB, has released it’s first films about racial discrimination in the workplace. Jaded is an hilariously uncomfortable short drama, and the first in a series of online videos on the topic that will be rolled out in the weeks to come.
Art Threat is partnering with Work For All to bring you ten videos on racism on the job — one a week for ten weeks. The campaign will kick off on March 21, 2010, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The films will alternate between new, never before seen works, and classic gems from the NFB archive.
In the words of Work For All, “discussion about racism and diversity can happen anytime, anywhere — we just want it to happen. So take these films, embed them on your own sites, and let us know what you think about racism.”
As for Jaded, here’s the synopsis:
What if white people were visible minorities – victims of workplace racism? That’s how it is in the world of Jaded, a sharp and funny mockumentary that will get you talking about racism and discrimination.
Jade Stone can’t get a break. She’s got qualifications and drive, but despite her MBA, she’s working twice as hard to get half as far.
Racism is never funny, of course. But through clever role reversals, this tongue-in-cheek comedy allows us to laugh while confronting the realities of overt and systemic racism.
So check it out, and be sure to keep coming back over the next ten weeks as we keep rollin’ out the reels on racism.