Preview of Bill Duke’s “Dark Girls,” A Documentary About Dark Skin Prejudice and How It Affects Dark-Skinned Black Women
Hat tip to Zenzele on FB.
Bill Duke‘s film, co-directed and co-produced with D. Channsin Berry (and editor Bradinn French), could not have come at a better time, especially since that Kanazawa creep suggests that black women think that they are stuck on themselves for no apparent reason. Hey dude, if you don’t have the stones to bring it, get out of my way instead of starting some outrageous sh*t that you can’t even back up:
It is very interesting to note that, even though black women are objectively less physically attractive than other women, black women (and men) subjectively consider themselves to be far more physically attractive than others.
Which shows how much he knows about black people at all. Positive self-image and self-love are intangibles to be highly prized in all people, but not black women, because they presume too much on their own attractiveness? Yet for all that, black women suffer from low self-esteem, depression and self-hatred generated not only from those outside, but from within their own community and within their own families. And much of that disparagement is aimed at dark-skinned black women.
Which brings me to this film. I have no doubt that Bill Duke produced and directed this film because he himself is a skillet-blond, very imposing (6’4″) man. As Alice Walker once described dark-skinned black women in her essay, “If the Present Looks Like The Past, What Does the Future Look Like?”, Duke is a “black, black” man. Even at the age of 68, an elder statesman of black film, someone who has accomplished much as an actor and as a director, he would still be “a scary black man,” when he is much more than that. I think that he is bringing out this film so that his own burdens might be relieved as well as those of black women, and to spark a discussion and a dialogue within the community.
From what I understand, Dark Girls is in post-production. This is a short documentary, which means that it is probably between 30 to 90 minutes long. If 90 minutes long, it could probably find a niche in some arty houses close to downtown or some Sundance-y suburb. No doubt, if it doesn’t find a wide-ranging distributor, it will probably play on HBO or PBS’ Independent Lens series. Keep it in the backs of your minds, because frankly, this film is going to be deep.
- Dark Times for Dark Girls (6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com)
- “Preview: Dark Girls” and related posts (bombchell.com)
- ‘Dark Girls’ trailer brings colorism back into spotlight (newblackwoman.com)
- “Dark Girls” Documentary Explores Skin Color Bias [PREVIEW] (hellobeautiful.com)