The Global Search for Education: Human Race ISM Takes a Look at Racism in the Future
The Downriver-Detroit Student Film Consortium is offered to Detroit & Downriver area high school students interested in filmmaking. Human Race ISM, produced by the organization, was directed by Elina Villemure and selected as one of the Best of the Fest 2021 by KIDS FIRST! in association with the Planet Classroom Network. The short film is the story of Thomas, a human teenager stationed with his family on Mars, who experiences racism first-hand. The teen of color forms a close relationship with an alien girl but his parents strictly forbid him from interacting with her.
The Global Search for Education is pleased to welcome Human Race ISM’s Director, Elina Villemure, and Screenwriter Romeo Keyser.
What inspired you to make Human Race ISM?
Romeo: We were inspired to make this film because of racism in the world today.
What about the unique setting you chose? What did you hope to accomplish by setting the story on Mars?
Elina: What we hope to accomplish is that our film gives a different perspective of racism in the future.
Romeo: We set this film on Mars in the future because if things don’t change here, they never will.
How do you hope your film will impact audiences or shift perspectives?
Elina: We are hoping this film will impact older generations because our generation does not have an issue with accepting others. We hope our film will bring meaningful change.
Romeo: Because we’re stuck in a cycle of hate and judgement.
Elina: We need change more than ever.
C.M. Rubin with Elina Villemure and Romeo Keyser
Don’t Miss Human Race ISM, selected as one of the Best of the Fest 2021 by KIDS FIRST! in association with the Planet Classroom Network.