The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 passed the Bechdel test but did not pass the Russo and race test.

Named women talked to each other a couple of times without mentioning men, and despite the fact that most of their conversations were extremely brief and revolved around saying “hello,” the film still passed the Bechdel test. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, did not, however, pass the Russo or race test as there were no LGBTI characters, and non-White characters never spoke to each other. 

*The Bechdel test entails three requirements:
1. It has to have at least two (named) women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

**The Vito Russo test entails three requirements:
1. The film contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and/or transgender
2. The character must not be solely or predominately defined by her sexual orientation, gender identity and/or as being intersex
3.The character must be tied into the plot in such a way that her removal would have a significant effect

***The race or people of color (POC) test has three requirements:
1. It has two people of color in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something other than a White person

****Just because a film passes the Bechdel, Russo and race test does not mean that it is not sexist, heterosexist, racist and/or cissexist, etc. The Bechdel, Russo and race test is only a bare minimum qualifier for the representation of LGBTI individuals, women and people of color in film. The failure to pass these tests also does not identify whether the central character was a woman, a person of color or a LGBTQI individual and it does not dictate the quality of the film.

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