Taryn Birkett Examines Race from a Mixed Race Perspective in her film “Colour”
Reel Grrls is proud to partner with PLURAL+ is a joint initiative of the UNAOC and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of a wide network of international partners to recognize young filmmakers around the world as they make media that matters. Reel Grrls is excited to honor Canadian filmmaker Taryn Birkett with the Social Impact Award on her short sharing her story as a young mixed race person.
Taryn reflects on her experience navigating race in parallel to world headlines like the death of Sandra Bland, a Black American who died under police custody in Texas in July of 2015. Colour is a personal narrative about identity, and growing up in a small town with a lack of diversity as a young mixed race person. In a world that is framed as black and white, we applaud Taryn’s self identification to be herself, an individual who “lives their life in color.”
Check out her work below as well as the other powerful stories as told by young people around world.