OP-ED: 5 Influential Films for Social Change in 2017
Written by Matthew Leung
2017 was a year of deeply disconcerting political turmoil, societal upheaval, natural disasters, brutal awakenings, and a widespread sentiment of “can this year be over already?” It’s very easy to adopt this sentiment and look back at the year in disgust, but 2017 was also a year for some of the most powerful films that inspired social change, and it’s more important than ever for us to honor them before jumping back into our continued fight against injustice in the new year.
Time Magazine’s selection for “Person of the Year” of 2017, the silence-breakers, or the women and men who spoke out against systemic sexual harassment. . . Read more.
USC MISC Fellows Visit UTA
In November, MISC Fellows went to UTA to meet with Rene Jones. In the meeting Ms. Jones discussed how UTA makes a positive impact in the media as well as throughout the agency.
UTA pairs their clients with social issues, big or small, hoping to bring awareness and positive change. Within the agency, UTA encourages its employees to apply to have a dream of theirs sponsored. For five days UTA employees can fulfill dreams ranging from going on a silent retreat to giving back to the community with volunteer projects.
An Evening Celebrating Diversity
Written by Tomi Tunrarebi
On Wednesday Nov 29, MISC hosted a screening of films highlighting diverse voices. The films covered a myriad of topics from immigration to colorism to the minorities within minority groups. Each film addressed these issues with a fresh perspective which added new insight into each topic. I learned something new from each film without feeling like I was learning at all.
After the screening there was a Q&A with the filmmakers, a truly diverse group of people. From the conversation that ensued, it was clear that each filmmaker had a personal connection to the stories they told. Read more.
USC MISC Create Emojis for Change
The Media Institute for Social Change (MISC) continues to accompany MTV, Comedy Central, the Elton John Aids Foundation and others with its own Kwippit channel. Kwippit aims to be a new form of messaging that enhances your ability to express yourself. Using animation and customization illustrations, our channel offers dozens of ways to express your opinions on the social issues you care about.
Download it on the iTunes App Store here or on Google Play here.