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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 podcast I SEE U with Eddie Robinson

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