I SEE U, Episode 34: We Don’t Talk About Inclusion!

Director Charise Castro Smith shares her unguarded thoughts on what the success of Disney’s ENCANTO means for other minorities who crave to tell their own stories


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ENCANTO is Disney's first-ever Latinx musical. Critics have largely praised the film for its unique approach to storytelling, diversity in characters and original score which infuses a host of Columbian-rhythmic styles and design. But why has it taken Disney Animation some 60 films in to offer up an opportunity for a Latina to co-direct one of its productions? I SEE U Host Eddie Robinson has a compelling conversation with screenwriter/director, Charise Castro Smith, about how the coronavirus pandemic along with certain racial and political awakenings in this country impacted the production of ENCANTO; the ideas and musical components that landed on the cutting room floor; and what the future holds for Latin content creators and other people of color in the film and entertainment industry.


This article is part of the I SEE U with Eddie Robinson podcast

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host, I SEE U

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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