Cinema Professor Cheryl Dunye Adds Diversity to Oscars

Thursday, March 02, 2017
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The new members invited have helped diversify the institution. The Academy website claims that 41 percent of the new class for 2016 are people of color and 46 percent are female. “The pushback has been well received because now we have all these directors of color that are receiving so much recognition, which feels so valuable especially for me as an emerging filmmaker,” Guinea said. “As a woman of color, it feels promising to see these changes happening in the industry.”   Dunye’s accomplishments as a black woman and her success in the world of film has inspired many of her students, and they say they are incredibly proud. “She’s been a trailblazer for better representation in film,” said cinema major Zac Gammiere. “She’s very brave.”