"It's important to make sure kids grow up seeing a diverse spectrum of people who look like them."
A new documentary about race, immigration and Irishness is premiering live on YouTube on the evening of Thursday, 2 April.
'This Land' explores cultural identity in Ireland, by way of portraying new and necessary ways of experiencing Irishness. It also follows the impact racism can have on a person's sense of identity.
Directed by Dublin-based filmmaker and photographer Zithelo Bobby Mthombeni, the film features in-depth interviews with prominent Irish artists, activists, and journalists such as Tara Stewart, Dean Van Nguyen, Ayuba Salaudeen, Ivan Klucka and many more.
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It also explores the impact of racism and Direct Provision on the outlook of the people interviewed.
“I found great comfort in discovering that so many other people featured in this documentary are in the same position as me," Mthombeni says.
"They are still in the process of figuring out who they are. They're constantly trying to find out what Irishness is to them."
“It feels like I've been researching this film from the moment I landed in Ireland when I was 10 years old.”
'This Land' will see its digital premiere this Thursday, April 2nd, live on Youtube at 7 pm, to be swiftly followed by a Q&A with director Zithelo Bobby Mthombeni, producer Eric Davidson, poet Felicia 'Felispeaks' Olusanya & Senita Appiakorang of Shookrah.
You can tune into the premiere of This Land tonight at 7pm here.