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Producer, Director Of 'Dark Girls' Returns w/ 'The Black Line: Profile Of The African-American Woman'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
August 30, 2012 3:50 PM
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Acclaim Documentary Director/Producer, D. Channsin Berry Releases Film That Reveals Intimate Thoughts of African-American Women

Los Angeles, CA: Filmmaker, D. Channsin Berry says that it was a divine calling which prompted him to create the documentary series, “The Black Line”. (A Profile of the African-American Woman) Part 3. The 75-minute documentary features a broad spectrum of other African-American women.

“The Black Line” a film that provides unique insight into the thoughts, practices, and feelings of some African-American women that reveals a consistent thread and highlights shared truths and experiences that transcend socio-economics, painstakingly probes the commonality among his subjects, crossing regions, religions, sexualities, and professions.

Berry segues to “The Black Line-Part 3,” which not only delves into dialogue with distinguished women and deep discussions on why some young African-American women are the way they are today. It features African-American women who dare to pose possible solutions to the young black women’s dilemma, and allows vibrant voices and painstaking memories to emerge through each woman’s oration.

Berry not only explores but exposes the African-American women’s survival tactics and manifest destiny from the 1920’s to the present. Through the use of the various institutions of marriage, mothering, racism, careers, education, religion, and sex, he guides the viewer through a journey of exploration and discovery of the history and future of African-Americans as a people through the experiences of African-American women.

I just happen to be a man who cares about our people in such a way that I can tell a story without my Black manhood getting in the way of listening to African-American women as they tell their stories,” says D. Channsin Berry.

This film is a documentary is a myriad of stories- stories of 67 women who reign from New York to Mississippi—Newark to Los Angeles—Atlanta to Detroit—who tell their stories with no apologies about what it is really like to be an African-American woman. “I’m open enough as an artist,” says Berry, “to tell stories that can weave information that captivates an audience to want to know more-. more about realities like the “4x4 mentality” where woman (or man) has gotten more than four blocks away from their environment-physically or mentally,” he adds.

No one knows better than an African-American woman how short life is without a dream. These are the same women who have carried a ton of baggage for many years…the baggage of racism, sexism, ageism, life before, during, and after rape, incest, abuse and any other ism you can tack on. These stories speak clearly about what it is like for the African-American woman who was not able to have a professional career because she was forced to be a mother at home…women who carried bags that were not supposed to be theirs!

So how do these women drop these bags along the highways of ignorance so they can unload and find out who they are and what their true purposes are on this earth? Who helps them carry these bags as they are bombarded by sexual images that tell them the sexiest women on the planet is a black woman…a dark Black woman who symbolizes the truth to white men while Black men who have been socially diluted into the belief that light-skinned African-American women are more desirable. The Hall of Blame is also packed with many parents as well who continue to bring their warped insights into the brains of our children who walk away with the wrong impression. And so, we perpetuate the ignorance.

Black Line Part 3: A Profile of African-American Woman is about life’s pain that is so deep for the African-American woman that it takes my mother, aunt, grandma, sister, great-grandma out of it. It is about abandonment-trust-healing self-esteem and purpose.

Producer/Director of “Dark Girls, the Movie” that sold out in 14 cities including DC to audiences from 700-4000, and in two countries Toronto Canada and Antigua (Caribbean Islands), Berry allows the African-American women of “Black Line Part 3, to talk openly about depression and fibroids, hair and make up and why they wear it and more importantly, why they feel they need it in the first place as buy into the fashion façade that bombards their psyche.

Black Line: Part 1 began with the Profile of the African-American Man. Berry, however, skipped Part 2, which will feature the profile of the younger African-American men, and went straight to the African-American woman. And while Black Line Part 3 is not the complete answer that covers everything that pertains to African-American women. The question Berry is asking ALL Women…do you want to heal?

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2 Comments

  • EduBois | September 2, 2012 5:56 PMReply

    While this film might be very interesting - certainly a film attempting to illustrate the lives of the much neglected black women is of great interest to me personally and artistically - this article is so poorly written, such a bizarre mishmash of styles (press release/faux academic speak/saccharine feel good Oprah-speak) that is very difficult to understand what it is about - when and where we might see it, etc.

    I daresay that is why you have no comments on the piece. No person reading this could understand enough to formulate a cogent reply.

  • troy | August 31, 2012 7:19 PMReply

    not surprised by no comments. Women this article is asking you how YOU feel. Positive it's still a man telling y'all story. It is possible to change through direction.
    “I just happen to be a man who cares about our people in such a way that I can tell a story without my Black manhood getting in the way of listening to African-American women as they tell their stories,” says D. Channsin Berry.

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