“With films like The Revenant, and its 12 Oscar nominations, tells me this is not the time for a boycott,” stated Joanelle Romero, actor, director and founder of Red Nation Film Festival – The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema.
“The conversation has always been black and white, however we should not over look one of the most brilliant native films made this year. How does this film get it right in terms of Diversity and Inclusion? From the director himself being Indigenous, to the casting of native actors in the roles of native peoples, as well as the narrative of contact, the film lends itself to addressing the timely issues of the environment,” Romero said.
In the 26 years since Dances With Wolves won an Oscar for Best Film, no other film comes as close to “getting it right”. “Every actor, director, producer, writer of color should be standing in support of The Revenant, in not suggesting a boycott” Romero added. “Instead, we should unify and celebrate the inclusivity of this film.”