We shared the preview for Dark Girls back in 2011. The movie documentary, Good Hair was, at the time, the most known film about natural hair and black women. It was a good start, but many appetites were merely wet and we were ready for something with a lot more substance that captures the entire picture of being a black woman. Dark Girls seems to promise the substance that many thought was missing from Good Hair. It’s not really about racism as you may think.
Dark Girls explores the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color – particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture. Rather than being racism focused, the film focuses on colourism. What is colourism? This is prejudice or discrimination based on the relative lightness or darkness of the skin (generally occurring within one’s own ethnic group). The story is told through experiments and experiences of featured individuals and many consider the film to be quite controversial.
- Directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry
- Produced by Bill Duke for Duke Media and D. Channsin Berry for Urban Winter Entertainment
- Co-Produced by Bradinn French
- Line Produced by Cheryl L. Bedford
Edited by Bradinn French
Dark Girls is now available for viewing on Netflix and other online sites. It’s on my “to-watch” list tonight. Check it out while twisting up your hair or vegging out in front of the TV tonight then come back and let me know your thoughts.