The study charts an increase in leading and/or co-leading characters from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, from 27 films in 2018 to 32 films in 2019.
The overall ecosystem of cinematic storytelling is still one in which girls, women and people of color are marginalized and minimized.
“Intersectional inclusion on screen must be an area for targeted intervention.”The report also assessed inclusion behind the camera.
However, there was little progress for underrepresented directors — across 13 years, 6.1% of directors were Black, 3.3% were Asian, and 3.7% were Hispanic/Latino.
“In contrast to our findings on top-grossing films, 20.7% of Netflix directors of U.S. based films in 2019 were women,” Smith said.