I think what the film does well is it asks good questions. He’s asking, ‘Why the boxes? Why do we need so many boxes?’ I mean those are just fair, good questions, right? And there’s got to be answers. So, I think that’s one thing to take away, that whatever we’re studying, whether it’s race or something else... let’s not be afraid from asking good questions.”
...my multiracial identity was far more than ‘black and Jewish.’ It was also marked by the principles of freedom, equality, love, and the pursuit of a greater humanity beyond racial labels.”
The greatest irony for me was that while this company professed to encourage a ‘variety of thought/ opinion,’ it practiced the opposite. These types of hypocrisies are one of the underlying reasons for why I made ‘How Jack Became Black.’
What if you’re a Drake type kid who was raised by his Jewish mother? What if you’re a person who identifies equally with both side of your lineage? Why do you need to be more of one than the other?”
Filmmaker Eli Steele joins the Stephanie Trussell Show on Chicago's legendary station. Listen here.
I think as a multiracial you often encounter situations in the business world where how you chose to identify racially reflects on you. Because we come from two or more races, we can make people nervous. Where do my racial loyalties lie? Which race am I more of?”
I Am gives a chilling insight into the practical consequences of identity politics, where individuality may take a backseat to racial stereotypes.”
...a new film that explores one filmmaker’s challenge to rise above Identity Politics and hold on to his individuality.”
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‘There’s no evidence that checking a box — whether it’s one box or multiple boxes — no evidence that it’s making any changes in society,’ Jaskolski said. He also said he’s not denying his race as some have argued — but embracing both.”
Being in a (race) box, what is it doing? To me it’s making everything even more divided.”
(The film) hit home on so many levels for me…very eye-opening.”
‘How Jack Became Black’ demolishes Identity Politics.”
Very powerful…and everyone should see this film.”
‘How Jack Became Black’ may have one questioning what box they fit into and how they came to fit into it. Are we ready for such a conversation in these turbulent political times?”
It is a fascinating (and disturbing) exploration of the contemporary subordination of the individual to careerist bureaucracies and anti-humanist orthodoxies.”
A stuntman, an actor, and a documentarian sit for a free for all discussion on ‘How Jack Became Black’”
This film is a wonderful exploration into the reality multiracial people deal with in identifying with the different cultures that make up their ancestral background….What I find interesting about his film making it that he is deaf. While this is not a topic of his latest film, it intrigued me to know how it impacts his filmmaking style...”
Documentary filmmaker Eli Steele sits with host Aling Zhang in Los Angeles California to discuss his newly released documentary film ‘How Jack Became Black.’”
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