“Mixed up” refers to the notions of blending identities and transgressing cultural norms...
We are pleased to present this dossier on the subject of mixed-race identity, originally curated by filmmaker Anne Marie Nakagawa.
“Mixed up” refers to the notions of blending identities and transgressing cultural norms, shifting the trajectory of where individuals without the traditional Canadian (or American) plus-one-ethnic-identity choose to locate themselves in a sea of social and political contradictions.
For a country that prides itself in being “multicultural,” there still appears to be difficulty in understanding and accepting a person of mixed racial and cultural decent as “Canadian,” especially if one of their heritages falls into the category of “visible minority.”
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In Canada, diversity often means "one ethnicity + hyphen + Canadian," but what if you don't fit into an easy category? What if your background is a hybrid of ancestries and you live somewhere between, where cultural identities overlap? The film Between interweaves the experiences of a group of Canadians with one parent from a European background and one from a visible minority. They're all struggling to find a satisfying frame of reference. Cultural identity, it seems, is more complex than what our multicultural utopia implies.