Tuesday 25 October 2016

All races need recognition, says Revenant director Inarritu

Published 14/02/2016 | 23:41

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has spoken out about diversity
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has spoken out about diversity

Bafta-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has said the diversity problem is bigger than the Oscars.

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The director of The Revenant, which picked up five awards at the Baftas, said the issue ran through the film industry and further afield.

Speaking after the glittering ceremony, he said The Revenant featured several Mexican collaborators and people from all around the world, including native Americans.

He said: "I would say that in my personal point of view that the problem of the diversity in the Academy I think goes deeper to the diversity in the industry which goes deeper to the diversity and the cultural perception of the world.

"So it's a bigger question, it's a bigger challenge, which is a cultural thing. You know, so what I'm saying is that the more we keep talking about race ... and we don't understand that we all are mixed race ... there is no purity in this."

He added: "So I think that I don't know the statistics, but it's true that I don't know how many Mexican Americans or Mexicans or Latin Americans are portrayed in TV shows, in films, in advertising.

"There's a lot to do, there's a lot to do."

Inarritu said everyone needed to be given recognition, including native Americans and Asians.

"We all need to be recognised," he said.

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