Ep. 100: Fifty years after the landmark Loving v. Virginia U.S. Supreme Court case ended legal persecution of interracial marriage in America, two mothers – one brown, one white – set off on a journey to explore what it means to be a bi-racial child living in a mixed-race family in so-called “post-racial America,” the perspectives of their own families and others, and America’s deep cultural ambivalence about its rapidly-changing mixed-race reality. In the shadows of Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatter and the historic Obama presidency, MIXED offers a new lens into race and the lives of the first generation of mixed-race kids and families to be counted in the U.S. Census. MIXED is directed and produced by Caty Borum Chattoo and Leena Jayaswal, and executive-produced by Jeffrey Tuchman for Documania Films.
Caty Borum Chattoo & Leena Jayaswal, co-directors and co-producers, share a long history of social-issue storytelling in documentaries and other multimedia. Leena Jayaswal is an award-winning photographer and documentarian with deep expertise and interest in issues that intersect race, representation and identity. Her films have been broadcast throughout the country on PBS affiliates, and her work has been featured in critical film festivals and newspapers for the Indian diaspora. Over the past decade, Caty Borum Chattoo, an award-winning strategist, producer and collaborator with legendary producer Norman Lear, has produced three feature-length social-issue documentary films for theatrical and TV distribution, a seven-part documentary TV series, and multiple half-hour documentary TV specials; her work has aired on the Sundance Channel, Pivot, PBS World, Link TV, KCET, Comedy Central, Link TV and the Huffington Post. Both Jayaswal and Borum Chattoo are professors at American University in Washington, D.C. (School of Communication).
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