Friday, May 27, 2011

Dark Girls documentary preview

Dark Girls is set to premiere in October. Directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, the documentary focuses on the testimonies of darker skinned African-American women as they discuss the emotional turmoil they face being discriminated against by members of their own community. Dark Girls explores the effects of self-hatred as a residuary of colonialism and exposes the separate lives these women feel they lead because of their complexions, whether it be in the corporate world, the educational system or simply dating. The film also features the psychological experiment originally conducted by Kenneth and Mamie Clark with children distinguishing their conceptions of beauty by pointing at either a black or white doll. Often the black doll was chosen as the “ugly” or “dumb” doll and this struck a chord with the directors who described themselves as darker skinned men who have faced marginalization based off of skin colour.

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