Filmmaker Seeks to Use Movies to Impact Cultural Representation

A Nigerian American filmmaker, writer and photographer is seeking to use her craft to positively impact cultural representation. Amarachi Nwosu moved to Japan to immerse herself in the country’s culture.

But upon her arrival in Tokyo, she noticed a lack of Black travelers, and became frustrated with the level of misrepresentation.



“I didn’t see enough representation of Black people in media but I saw it of Black culture—youth culture trends and music, but not enough in general media,” Nwosu told Black Enterprise. “When I did see Black people in media it was often as stereotypical characters and that is largely due to the western objectification of Black people, which translates all over the world. I knew I had to do something to change it and that was when Black In Tokyo was born.”

Black in Tokyo is a documentary film by Nwosu that depicts the experiences of five people who moved to Japan from Eritrea, Ghana and the U.S. It explores the challenges of being Black in Tokyo, and spotlights the opportunities that have helped Black “expats build successful careers, relationships, and businesses.”

The documentary will be featured as part of Nwosu’s Melanin Unscripted series. The platform was created to dismantle stereotypes and blur the racial lines through exposing identities and cultures around the world, specifically how complex they are.

“Rather than being viewed as ‘expats’ like most white travelers, Blacks were often seen as ‘immigrants’ who were often victims of discrimination and prejudice,” Nwosu said. “I saw it as an opportunity to create stories on people all around the world who are making positive strides for themselves and their community.”

Watch the short documentary below.





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