Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka could end up with an Academy Award under her belt as the short documentary she executively produced, called “MINK!”, was recently considered for Oscar along some productions of other world-class stars, like Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar.
It remains to be seen if the documentary will be nominalized. Here is the documentary that Naomi Osaka executively produced.
What is Osaka’s documentary about
Ben Proudfoot, director of ‘MINK!’. , described his documentary as quoted by The New York Times.
“Fifty years ago, on June 23, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX, the 37-word snippet within the Educational Amendments of 1972 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of s*x ‘under any education program or 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 earliest beneficiaries of Title IX.
My research led me to Representative Patsy Mink of Hawaii, who was a pivotal figure in writing and defending the law. As the first woman of color elected to Congress, Ms. Mink — and her path to office — was influenced by the discrimination she experienced in her personal and professional lives.
Many doors were closed to her as a Japanese American woman, and she became an activist and later a politician to change the status quo. As I learned more about the early history of Title IX in the 1970s, I found that lobbyists and legislators mounted a formidable campaign to dilute and erode the law.
This effort would culminate in a dramatic moment on the House floor, where Ms. Mink was pulled away during a crucial vote on the future of the law. In ‘MINK!,’ Wendy Mink narrates her mother’s groundbreaking rise to power and the startling collision between the personal and political that momentarily derailed the cause of gender equity in America.
After Ms. Mink’s death in 2002, Title IX was officially renamed the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act”.