German powerhouses call for more diversity


BERLIN -- The heavyweights of the German film and television industry, including Constantin Film, Egoli Tossell, Senator Film and Studio Babelsberg, have signed on to the so-called diversity charter calling for more cultural diversity in front and behind the camera.

The German production alliance, which represents the bulk of the local industry, signed the charter on Wednesday at a ceremony together with the minister for migration and refugees Maria Bohmer.

"Diversity in the film industry is of huge importance for integration in our country," Bohmer said. "Whether in feature films or entertainment shows, they influence the picture of integration in Germany."

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Signators to the charter pledge to employ more immigrants and refugees in their productions, though it does not provide specific guidelines.

German cinema, while still very monocultural, has become more diverse in recent years, with directors such as Fatih Akin providing a cinematic window into immigrant communities.

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