What I Want My Biracial Kids to Learn from A Wrinkle In Time Movie

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Thien-Kim and daughter at Wrinkle in Time screening

As Sophia and I sat through the screening Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, I wished we could have experienced the movie as a family.

No parent wants to pick a favorite child, but this was my dilemma when I learned that I could only bring one guest to the press screeningWe’d seen numerous trailers for Ava DuVernay’s interpretation of  the classic children’s book by Madeleine L’Engle, and all four of us wanted to see this film. A rare occurrence for us if you could see how long it takes us to pick out a family movie on Netflix or Amazon Prime.

Choosing my plus one was a no brainer.  My 12-year-old daughter read the book in class last year and was already familiar with the story. Her brother was a bit miffed about my decision. I was able to placate him by promising that we would see A Wrinkle In Time as a family soon. After last night’s screening, we’ll be seeing it sooner than later.

I saw our family on that big screen. Even though I’ve already seen it, I want the four of us to experience the film together. Ava DuVernay has envisioned the Murray family as a multiracial family. While their specific ethnic and racial makeup is different my our family, the Murrays represent us. They represent the diverse world we live in.

A Wrinkle in Time Screencap

image courtesy of Disney

My daughter and I discussed the film on the way home. She complained how the movie was different from the book (my fellow bookworm), but we were most excited by the story and beautiful imagery of the film. She’s trying to decide which of the Mrs. she should dress up as for Halloween–and which of their costumes.

Besides the artistic value of the film, I want my kids to know how important this film is for them and everyone who sees it.

A Wrinkle in Time is important because representation matters.

Representation matters.

I know in my head that representation is important. I grew up with a lack of representation. My heart grows each time I see someone like me or my family represented in a movie, television show, or book.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried several times during the movie. Some of it was because what the characters were experience. Other times, I thought my heart would burst. Not only did DuVernay choose a diverse cast, but she put images throughout the movie to celebrate marginalized communities. On the Murray’s coffee table is a book about American Indian women (it was a quick flash so I’m about 75% sure). You’ll spot photos of Maya Angelou and James Baldwin hanging on the walls at Meg’s school.

A Wrinkle in Time movie poster with Storm Reid

image courtesy of Disney

My daughter did not gush over how awesome it was that Meg (played by Storm Reid) is biracial. It’s not a big deal for her to see smart, strong black girls in film and books. This is a testament to the diverse metro area that we live in and how we’ve worked hard to make sure she often sees images of girls who look like her.

She might not realize how rare it is to see a young black girl on the big screen, but I do.  I want both my kids to absorb the importance of it.

I want them to expect to see themselves represented.

A Wrinkle In Time celebrates black girls in all their brown skinned, glasses wearing, curly haired glory.

Our family is here for it.

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