Professor Darren Guerra and Filmmaker Eli Steele during the Q&A before a packed crowd at Biola University.
Producer Warrington Hudlin hosted filmmaker Eli Steele and conducted a riveting Q&A with the audience.
"How Jack Became Black" is a thoughtful, meaningful and incisive documentary. Director Eli Steele brings a perspective on race in America that is both personal and original. In so doing, he throws down a fascinating challenge to the issue of race in this country, particularly to those who would think that they are doing the "right thing."
- Seth Shire, CUNY Professor
Lakshmi Girl, of The Parent Voices, introduces How Jack Became Black to the crowd at Chester County Library in Exton, PA.
"Your movie was incredible. The conversation after the screening was just as engaging as the movie and I know you have touched at least 20 lives yesterday. People who would have gone back home and thought about your message as well as talked about it to their families. There were three teachers that I know of who wanted to go back and talk about it at their schools.
"As for me, your movie gave me the validation I was looking for in raising my children the way I am doing. I have been embracing all of me and raising my children the way I see fit. I am often struck by guilt wondering if I am not placing enough emphasis on their birth heritage and race. After yesterday I decided all I can gift them is the curiosity to discover their identity by themselves. It is not up to me to determine who or what they should be. They will embrace all of themselves as they see fit. So, thank you!"
- Lakshmi Giri, Managing Editor of The Parent Voice
Honors College, Duquesne University
Nationally-renowned Honors College of Duquesne University hosted How Jack Became Black on April 19, 2017 to study the multiracial baby boom and the impact of identity politics on education.
"I think this was an incredible and dynamic documentary. It provided much more historical context than I anticipated but rightfully so. It really put in perspective for me how prominent and engrained the man-made concept of race is in today's America. It most definitely tugged at my heart strings and called me to think, listen, and talk more about some of these ongoing issues/challenges." - Bella
"This documentary really shows how identity politics negatively affects the people and the culture of America." - Waymond
"This was very eye-opening and interesting. I never would think about filling out the race box on an application but the impact it makes is literally crazy." - Carlie
"I appreciated that Eli focused on the micro-level. He wanted to communicate the importance of the individual and so he asked the individual questions. I also like how it was about Jack and June, and not so much about Eli himself." - Natalie
"I think the documentary allowed me to have a different perspective on races. I have never thought about what being multiracial meant and about how people can just label you as naive for not identifying with one particular race." - Josiane
The Atlas Network/Taliesen Nexus Screening
"A truly fascinating and touching film about the state of affairs of identity politics in America today..." - Smock Media
"I never thought of race that way - the film really put everything into perspective." - Autumn
"It was a really powerful documentary, the way it shows how people use race for power or defer to its power." - Vick
"The documentary showed your family's humanity against an America fixated on skin color. That juxtaposition really showed how we really need to be better." - Brett
"I thought this film was going to be biased but it was not at all. You hear all sides of the argument and that's what made it powerful, fascinating, unfiltered." - Amera