Avant-garde music composer, choreographer and filmmaker Tariq Anwar, who has worked on such works as The Black Panther, has criticised a film called Black Panther: The Story of a Man Who Was Black.
Speaking to The Times, Anwar said he felt that the film “could be seen as an attempt to make fun of black people’s struggles” but that his experience as a writer and performer has “never been a good fit”.
In a recent interview, Anwars co-founder Tariqi Abdul Rahman shared his experience working with Anwar and that he had no qualms about working with him on the project, despite it being “very dark”.
“I have never been a bad guy, so I don’t think he’s trying to offend anyone,” Anwar told the newspaper.
“I think that we should be more sensitive about what we say and do.”
Anwar added that he was aware of the film’s “unexpected” release, but he believed that “what he’s doing is a really good thing”.
“It’s about a black man, it’s about freedom and it’s a story that I think is important,” he added.
“I don’t feel like he’s being too sensitive to anything.
We have a lot of films that are being made right now that are very insensitive to people.”
He added: “There are other people doing this stuff too, and I think we need to be more aware of what we’re doing.
I feel like I’m not being too critical or too sensitive.”
In response to the controversy, the film industry has reacted to the film by releasing its own Black Panther film titled Black Panther.
Director Chadwick Boseman, who also directed The Amazing Spider-Man 3, will direct the film alongside Bosemans production company, 20th Century Fox.
Anwar is set to star alongside Chris Evans, Tom Hardy and Michael B. Jordan.