This topical documentary, which features interviews with multiethnic and multiracial youth living in Catalonia, who talk about their mixed heritage and its meaning for them, their identity and sense of belonging, and their experiences of discrimination and agency, is the result of the project “Mixed Youth: Sociability and identity processes in children of mixed unions: mixedness, between inclusion and social constriction,” conducted by the INMIX-UAB Research Group on Immigration, Mixedness, and Social Cohesion. The documentary can be viewed here.
Through their stories, the documentary reveals that positive and transformative experiences of mixedness — a growing reality in Spain and the rest of the world — can coexist with negative stereotypes and prejudices and the continued stigmatisation and discrimination of racialised groups, who are more limited in their identity choices.
After having interviewed a total of 152 participants of mixed descent, the material for the documentary was collected in 2020, in the midst of a full lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each participant recorded their own video, which was later edited to compose the documentary. By talking in first person and without intermediaries in the elocution, the result is a documentary that is characterised by the transparency of the voices and faces of participants, and that serves as a plea of the qualitative audio-visual methodology in social sciences and its ability to transcend the exclusively academic space to engage in a dialogue with society in general.
Mixed Voices, which can be viewed at this link, is the result of the research project “Mixed Youth: Sociability and identity processes in children of mixed unions: mixedness, between inclusion and social constriction,” conducted by the Research Group on Immigration, Mixedness, and Social Cohesion (INMIX), and was directed by Professor Dan Rodríguez-García from the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the UAB and director of the INMIX research group.