A Letter From Our Founder:
Hello, my name is Micha Cooper-Edwards,
Soleil means sun in Creole, and we take our mission to heart – to shine light on the Global South diasporas, the diverse cultures and parts of the world that are yet to be fully seen, celebrated and understood in the mainstream media – the global diasporas of Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. This is our intention for everything we do. From our film and TV productions, our Soleil Spotlight podcast, our Soleil Space newsletter, and our Short Film Saturdays event showcase. Our goal is to elevate untold stories and provide opportunities for creators and audiences from these communities to produce and consume world-class content. This is a space for cultural discovery, for community, and for enlightenment.
For me, I feel like my entire life has inspired Soleil. I grew up in Trinidad & Tobago, a rich tapestry of religion and culture where we all celebrate our many indigenous cultures, interwoven into our identities as Trinidadians. It’s something I really took for granted until I moved to the U.S., and then to Europe. What is sadly common though, is that most of the content I grew up on was from North America, Europe and Australia – stories that were mostly white. We didn’t see ourselves shown in an elevated way. Hence, Soleil is the culmination of a life-long argument – that the whole world is important. This applies nowhere better than in film and television, which have been long-dominated by only a few perspectives. Our audiences aren’t niche, they’re global majorities. So – we’re not interested in a seat at the table, we’re building and setting our own, and we want you to join us!