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Coel plays Bella, an aspiring talent in the literary world. When her drink is spiked while partying and the violence, she subsequently experiences does not manifest itself in her memory, but only through temporary flashbacks and the marks on her body, she becomes more aware than ever of her vulnerability as a woman in a patriarchal society. By means of social media and literary reappraisal, she finds a very empowering way of dealing with her experience of abuse for herself and her numerous readers and viewers.
Contribution to the "Who knows?" handbook
Talk: Michaela Coel | James MacTaggart Lecture | Edinburgh TV Festival 2018
Michaela Coel during her James MacTaggart Lecture on turning down a million dollar deal with Netflix to preserve full creative control and ownership rights of her project.
|Original language(s)||English, Italian, Twi|
|Length||368 mins, 12 episodes|
|Institution of affiliation||BBC, HBO|
Kenny Fries, Sanni Est, Miriam Camara, Rhea Ramjohn
Moderation: Samie Blasingame
Are diversity measures in cultural institutions just another set of methods of solidifying what they claim to change? What are the inconspicuous formal routines, the small informal habits, the official and unofficial rules that create the feeling of running into a wall that one claims is not there?
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
“Can the subaltern speak? What must the elite do to watch out for the continuing construction of the subaltern?” (p. 294).