Panlelists Janina Gavankar (L-R) Colman Domingo, Anika Noni Rose and Jay Ellis (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Bentonville Film Festival)

On Saturday, January 20th, BFF returned to Sundance Film Festival, in partnership with Google, to host a panel discussion at the DIRECTV Lodge Presented by AT&T.

Participants included Colman Domingo (Fear of the Walking Dead), Jay Ellis (Insecure), Janina Gavankar (Blindspotting) and Anika Noni Rose (The Quad.) The conversation was moderated by Variety‘s Elizabeth Wagmeister.

The powerful discussion covered the importance of diversity and inclusion in media, especially the need for more female and diverse characters on-screen –  and how that influences our society off-screen – because If They Can See It, They Can Be It. Said Rose, “If our money is paying for a ticket, we deserve to be able to see ourselves in the film.” Added Gavankar,  it’s time to “tell the stories you wish were told to you.”
Thank you to our sponsors Google, DirecTV and EcoTools and our partners the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge.