(AllHipHop News) Disclaimer: This is NOT Topanga Lawrence. This is Danielle Fishel and last night (June 2nd) AllHipHop had an EXCLUSIVE interview with her at the screening of Boiling Pot. Fishel holds no punches when addressing censorship that Boiling Pot has received, current race relations and how she got involved in starring in the independent film.
The film deals with college students who handle recent racist events on the campus and features graphic depictions of actual lynchings. Writer/actor/producer Ibrahim Ashmawey stated during the Q & A session at the Boiling Pot screening at Mist Cinemas in Harlem, NY that the lynchings were one of the scenes asked to be censored by festivals. Fishel explains how any censorship of Boiling Pot would erode the very practical impact the film is designed to have:
Whether it’s through a festival or it’s through an individual, everybody’s like ‘Can we tone down the controversy? Can we tone down the realness?’ That now just defeats the purpose. Then what do we get? We get another watered down movie about racism that doesn’t make any change? That when you walk away you end up being like ‘I think I feel good about that. We’ve come a long way. No, we haven’t really. We haven’t gone anywhere.
According to Fishel, the film took only 20 days to shoot. Fishel plays Valerie Davis in the film.
Check out the FIRST PART of our EXCLUSIVE interview with Danielle Fishel: