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There are more leading and co-leading characters from underrepresented characters on screen than in years before, according to a study by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative on “Inequality in 1,300 Popular Films.”

Those numbers were even higher when counting films excluding American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and North African characters.

“Despite public statements, the data reveal that there is still apathy and ambivalence to increasing representation of speaking characters overall in popular films.

“In contrast to our findings on top-grossing films, 20.7% of Netflix directors of U.S. based films in 2019 were women,” said Smith.

Forty-eight movies “erased” the disability community on screen with no representation, less than 2018 but more than 2017.

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