Drawn Together traces the fascinating journey of three comic creators who challenge the notion of race, appearance, and gender stereotypes through cartoons, comics and cosplay.
"These aspects stood out for me:
1- The intersectionality of identity.
2- ...evolution of how they perceived themselves vs. how they were perceived by others.
3- ..appreciated the points of engagement featured in the documentary - initiating in-person dialogues, taking people out of their comfort zone face to face, and inspiring youth with workshops...drawings did not stay as drawings, they served as motivation for action, stimulus for conversations, and catalyst for change."
With a lively backdrop of superheroes, comic books, and animated comics, Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes brings together three talented artists—a Sikh, a woman, and an African American—who are challenging the racist stereotyping currently endemic in America through their work.
The documentary provides the rare opportunity to explore the subjects of race, gender, and religion stereotyping through the universally popular medium of comic books and cartoons. Drawn Together boldly encourages viewers to unlearn stereotyping, look beyond the obvious, and confront media prejudices—all through an uncommon and inherently engaging everyday source.
Expert commentary is provided by Professor Arvind Singhal, world renowned expert in entertainment education; Andrew Farago, the curator of San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum; and Adam Elrashidi, a cartoonist and a producer at Al Jazeera. They share their thoughts on how to solve the problem of racist stereotyping through changing the stories being told and discuss how the three profiled artists have brought about a groundswell movement to combat the way we traditionally look at racist stereotypes.
"This is a wonderful way to approach civil rights, accepting diversity, and engaging humanity in such a unique way"
"thoughtful, insightful and captivating ..."
"themes are appropriate for fifth grade through college. Many K-12 schools are working on breaking down diversity, stereotypes, addressing bullying. The personal journeys of the artists is engaging and the imagery and messaging of the comics is appropriate for those levels."
“…groundbreaking work ..great message”
"brilliant, important, and amazing"
“This documentary challenges us all to look at stereotypes and prejudices through a serious study of cartoons from a diversity lens. It is a good example of united we stand but divided we fall”
“the subject matter is so relevant and pertinent to these times we're in, it was a breath of fresh air”
"Drawn Together imagines a future where inclusion is the status quo…"
“It is powerful, in my opinion, because it takes a creative approach to conversations around race and difference. ... aligned with the Social Justice Initiative ...not directly confrontational. Instead, it is compassionate."
"Beautifully strung other--aesthetically! Kudos on narrative flow, shot selection, sequencing, visuals and animations, edits, phenomenal music score! The protagonists and their work is humanized in a container of art and expression, justice and diversity, peace and understanding! Surgically-culled, pithy commentaries that elevate and add value to the narrative arc!"
"I could see this film working in a variety of classes, as a way to start having conversations about difficult topics and issues."
"incisively showing the absurdity of racism and stereotypes using comic strip characters. It is good to see people from minority communities as the good guys."
"Good work – it was fun to watch and your use of animations for the animations was very effective and well executed"
"This film is great. It touches upon so many of the ideas and issues surrounding community and diversity that we want our students to think about. It also inspires the habits of the heart that we wish to inculcate in them. What's more, it does so in a real, relevant, fun, and visceral way you don't necessarily get from dry, classroom lecture and discussion. It's a great teaching tool."
"....inspirational stories of real-life heroes who have risen against all odds."
"...comics aren’t just a way to escape reality and look up to our favorite superheroes – they’re a way to break stereotypes and create a conversation around the importance of diversity and representation in media and popular culture."
"This will be a winner."
“A provocative film about popular culture, storytelling and representation that profiles artists at the forefront of a sea change in the graphic-novel and comic-book industries expanding conventional definitions and boundaries of what constitute a ‘Superhero’ in American today.”