With director Eli Steele in person
Part of Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner Inc.
Dir. Eli Steele. 2016. 84 mins. The births of Jack and June, the third multiracial generation in filmmaker Eli Steele’s family, coincided with a startling projection: By 2050, at least 20% of all Americans will self-identify as two or more races. What will this mean to a nation tormented by race? Born black and Jewish, Steele has long believed that holding onto his individuality, rather than his skin color, was part of America’s promise to him. Yet this belief was shaken when his son was denied entrance to a public school for refusing to name his “primary race.” With this deeply personal documentary, a multiracial father journeys through America’s maze of identity politics to find out why race still matters so much.
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