In the opening sequence of Lift Like A Girl, a woman stands over a barbell loaded with weight plates. After taking a moment to gather composure, she bends and steadies herself, before clasping her hands firmly around the bar and lifting it up onto her shoulders and over her head in one seamless movement.
The film, directed by Egyptian filmmaker Mayye Zayed, is one of four projects awarded the Getty Images ARRAY Grant, an initiative with the aim of elevating the visual narrative of underrepresented ethnic communities.
“At Getty Images we believe it is our responsibility support and enable photographers, filmmakers and content creators that are pushing the industry forward, and are especially proud to award these grants to four creatives who are challenging the visual norm and evoking new conversations,” said Andy Saunders, Senior Vice President, Creative Content.
“The creative talent, powerful storytelling and overall quality of work received through this process has been second to none.”
Fellow winners include AGYA, a film – directed by visual artist Curtis Essel – that explores the concept of fatherhood, as well as Lamba and Church of Broken Pieces, documentary photo projects courtesy of Miora Rajaonary and Shawn Theodore respectively.
“There are underrepresented images of considerable beauty made within communities of color. Our creative collective was founded on the premise that the visions and voices of marginalized artists must be amplified,” said Mercedes Cooper, ARRAY’s Director of Marketing.
“This grant collaboration with Getty has not only fostered the discovery of talent across gender, ethnicity, religion, subject and culture, but also supported ARRAY’s continued celebration of visual work from creators around the world that reflects authentic and artful storytelling.”