The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists’ National Diversity Committee has debuted a new video in honor of Canadian Multiculturalism Day, which is observed each year on June 27.
The video, Diversity in the Workplace: Take One, features a crew filming an office scene, when the director interrupts.
“What’s the matter with that one?” asks one of the actors.
“It was, well … bland,” the director replies.
Someone off camera hands the director a pair of “ACTRA Diversity” sunglasses. Suddenly, the white cast and crew is replaced with a multicultural one. The video ends with the phrase, “Diversity works for all of us.”
The video was created in support of the Inclusion in the Arts & Media of People with Disabilities (I AM PWD) campaign, which is a joint effort of Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Actors’ Equity Association. The campaign seeks to expand opportunities for people with disabilities and to bring media and public attention to the issues of media access, inclusion and accuracy for people with disabilities.
ACTRA previously created a video called The Audition, highlighting accessibility for the disabled.
Canadian Multiculturalism Day has been celebrated since 2003, and is a time to honor the contributions of Canada’s diverse population.