It’s widely known that white American men, prominently control the scene in Hollywood; the Mecca of films and TV production, in front and behind the camera.
But today, we are here to share with you an inspiring story of a super talented young Egyptian woman, a writer, and a producer from Alexandria, who stood for what she believes in, trusted her talent and gut, and followed her passion across thousands of miles away to pursue her calling.
Knowing her great accomplishments in writing and creative production, we had to know her thoughts on being an Egyptian and woman of color, in this world.
“It’s how the human brain works. If the narratives that are always fed about a specific ethnicity or religion are stereotypes. Then, subconsciously the viewer is going to associate these individuals with these types of narratives in real life as well. For instance, in most films, Black people are thugs or drug addicts, Mexicans are cartels, Arabs or Muslims are terrorists. This ideology and repetition of inaccurate representation just feeds into a racist culture and creates more bigotry. By breaking this cycle and creating new narratives with these individuals in new story arcs and see those minorities as human beings, who live their day-to-day life, and not as stereotypes, we can make a change in society and speak up about certain minorities…. so the answer is simple: We only need to portray them as people with hopes, dreams, and ambitions, like any human beings.”
Having what it takes, Amina has successfully been part of producing outstanding TV shows and movies that streamed on prestigious platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. In addition to her distinguished work, Amina had won various awards including the BBC America Diversity Award, and got nominated for an Emmy – 38th College Television Awards. This year, she has been selected for the second cycle for #startwith8Hollywood and has recently signed with Citizen Skull management.
Since moving to the States, Amina has been very keen on bringing diverse voices to storytelling that can break the stereotypes of forgotten cultures.
With this in mind, one cannot help but consider the impact of storytelling in reshaping society, just by giving a platform to express ideas that challenge the status quote by speaking up about women or certain minorities to achieve this change in the world.
“To make that happen we need storytellers from all paths of life, from all colors and faiths, for them to speak about their truth.”
Finally, we had to know what are Amina Nada’s plans for the future.
Currently, Amina is in the process of developing two TV series. One of which reflects on her experience as a woman of color working in the United States, how you could be in the most diverse place but still feel alienated. Where she explores the concept of tokenization in the workplace and the effect of the trauma of losing a loved one.
“It’s about the fight with our inner demons, and the courage it takes to stand up for what you believe in.”
We can’t wait to see what she will have next on the big screen.
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