“On Monday of Last Week” (2018) is about a Nigerian woman’s experience as a nanny for an interracial couple’s child. As the description may suggest, the short-story-turned-film is a startling experience—fraught with racialized, sensualized banter amongst the characters.
¡Viva-la-vulva!, love-me-or-leave-me, Riot Dyke Jannat Alam is a second-year English student at UCLA — and she’s a proud radical feminist.
“We need to keep encouraging women and other marginalized groups to go into the STEM field since males still make up an overwhelming majority of the demographic. And we need to finally educate men in a way that lets them relate to women’s issues as human issues, so that they can’t so simply filter out stories like mine.”
As the competition’s name suggests, there were five winning entries all in all: “Crush,” “Heavy Weight,” “Jamie,” “Still Burning,” and “Where We Are Now.” Each film tackled a different LGBT+ experience, their plots ranging in complexity—from the anxious innocence of a first crush to the arduous journey of transitioning as a parent. Each story invites audiences to empathize with the LGBT+ community, not just by appreciating the different challenges LGBT+ people face from their own challenges but more importantly the similar values which guide their choices.
Their success despite their dehumanization by diversity quotas, sexist bosses, and Asian-American stereotypes, have made them all the more secure in their self-worth and equally affirmative of others’ worth. They all got as far as they did understanding that no one is inherently better than anyone else—and not letting others get away with telling them that.