In celebration of Black History Month, the Maine Business School will present a special virtual screening of the documentary film, Trace the Line on Wednesday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. This film was produced by Bravebird, an indigenous and female-owned production company. A Q&A with the producers, Alejandro Miranda Cruz and Noel Miranda, will follow the screening.
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Trace the Line is a powerful narrative that follows the lives of two artists, one black and one white. These characters forge a relationship through the tumultuous year of 2020, showing what needs to happen for these two communities to work together and not against each other. Director Alejandro Miranda Cruz hopes that viewers will experience a truly authentic film that doesn’t have any answers but shows a lot of hope.
“Trace the Line offers an intimate look at life in the United States while living through a pandemic, a spotlight on racial inequality, and increased political division,” says C. Matt Graham, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Business Information Systems. “The goal of sharing this film is to provide faculty, students, and staff an opportunity to see life in these trying times through the lens of someone different than them. This film shows how art can be a medium to bring us together and remind us of what we have in common–our humanity.”
Alejandro Miranda Cruz, the director, producer, and screenwriter for Trace the Line, is fueled by a passion for creating authentic narratives that portray all people with dignity. He worked as an actor for 15 years, witnessing the lack of equity and diversity on set. With Huichol and Taìno roots, Miranda Cruz was routinely typecast as a delinquent, a gang member, and uneducated. As a script reader, he saw how stories of BIPOC communities were ignored and dismissed. These experiences set him on the path to transforming the narrative pushed by film and advertising.