Reiterating a suggestion I previously made... if you're a filmmaker/producer/distributor reading this, and your film is streaming on Netflix, please let me know. Netflix unfortunately doesn't have what I feel should be a more efficient search/sort method, and it can be quite a chore trying to find something worth watching. So, help me out if you can.
The same goes for non-filmmakers. If you stumble across any titles that you think should be featured in this series, let me know!
Without further ado, here is this week's list of 5:
1 - The much-discussed feature documentary Dark Girls, directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry - a film that's more like a discussion with the audience, with the end goal being to hopefully get to some core of the shadeism/colorism issue that's long plagued, not just the African American community, but people of color the world over. Although it's unquestionably a work that's targeted specifically at black Americans.
Consider it more of a continuation of the dialogue we've been having on this blog and elsewhere, for as long as I can remember. And no matter how aware, thoughtful and progressive you might think you are, you'll be surprised to realize just how deep your/our own prejudices are, and where they are rooted; where your/our own standards of beauty come from (both men and women), and why we make the choices that we currently do.
So I won't be surprised if it's, for some, a moment of self-discovery - a revelation which might lead to your own tackling of your own prejudices, head-on. And even if you aren't able to completely be rid of them, you'd at least now be aware that they exist, which might then influence the choices you make, after seeing the film.
And even if you don't reach some form of self-realization, you will (hopefully) come to understand just how deep some of the wounds really are.
You could think of it as an extended, and necessary *family* therapy session.
The hope I'm sure is that the conversation doesn't end once the film ends, but that it continues, and that the post-screening conversation is just as honest and raw, as the declarations made within the film.
Director Duke is developing a follow-up to the film that will look at the colorism issue from the other POV - that being of the lighter-skinned black girl/woman.