Changing Faces: Media Representation and the Path to Positive Portrayals of Facial Differences

Mar 8, 2024

4:00pm – 5:00pm CT

This panel will delve into the crucial issue of how individuals with facial differences have been negatively depicted in media throughout history, and explore strategies to bring about a transformative shift.

This thought-provoking discussion features film producers, directors, actors, and advocates with personal experiences in the realm of facial differences. Panelists will examine the impact of media portrayals on self-esteem and societal perceptions, offering insights into the power of authentic storytelling and inclusive representation.

Through an exploration of recent films such as PASSAGES and AIR, and documentaries such as EVERY DAY AFTER, this panel aims to inspire change and provide a roadmap toward a future where media celebrates diversity and empowers individuals with facial differences.

Join us for a compelling conversation that explores the intersection of media, identity, and social change.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

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Elisa Gambino

One Production Place

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Dave Liu

Liucrative Media

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Crystle Stewart

Miss Academy

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