Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka could end up with an Oscar under her belt as the short documentary she produced as an executive, titled “MINK!”, was recently considered for an Oscar along with some productions from other stars of world class, like Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar.
It remains to be seen whether the documentary will be nominated. Here is the documentary produced by Naomi Osaka.
What is the Osaka documentary about
Ben Proudfoot, director of ‘MINK!’. , described his documentary cited by the New York Times.
“Fifty years ago, on June 23, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX, the 37-word excerpt from the Education Amendments of 1972 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex” under any program or educational activity receiving federal financial assistance. “I became curious about the origins of Title IX while doing background research for my Op-Doc “The Queen of Basketball,” about Lucy Harris, one of the original recipients of Title IX.
My research led me to Rep. Patsy Mink of Hawaii, who was a pivotal figure in writing and advocating for the law. As the first woman of color elected to Congress, Ms. Mink — and her path to office — was influenced by the discrimination she faced in her personal and professional life.
Many doors were closed to her as a Japanese-American woman, and she became an activist and then a politician to change the status quo. As I learned more about the early history of Title IX in the 1970s, I discovered that lobbyists and lawmakers were mounting a formidable campaign to water down and erode the law.
That effort will culminate in a dramatic moment on the House floor, where Ms Mink was ousted in a crucial vote on the law’s future. In “MINK!”, Wendy Mink recounts her mother’s revolutionary rise to power and the startling collision between the personal and the political that momentarily derailed the cause of gender equality in America.
After Mrs. Mink’s death in 2002, Title IX was officially renamed Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act”.