Well, the Dark Girls movie trailer has certainly hit the web by storm, and that’s just from the trailer preview video, so we know how huge this movie is going to be when it releases. Speaking of which, that’s one of the chief questions people ask when they hear about the movie:
When is the release date for Dark Girls? When is the movie coming out? Is it coming to my city?
Thank God for people who make their Facebook pages public, because that’s how this fansite was able to find out more info about the Dark Girls movie release date beyond the “Winter 2011″ that the film’s one sheet movie poster tells us, or the “Coming Fall/Winter 2011″ cryptic data thus far:
“Film to Premiere in October at the International Black Film Festival in Nashville…download of the whole video are not available yet,” reads the description of the YouTube video titled “Dark Girls Documentary Trailer” in the 1mits1 account.
“This documentary is something that we all should watch…” the description beneath the seemingly bootlegged video says. “It really made me think and try to search inside of myself . I want to be different. I want to make a change even If that change has to happen IN ME FIRST. Even if you don’t want to watch this video. Just think… think about how you could make a difference in our community and work as a unit. unite as one people….. IGNORING IT DOESN’T SOLVE IT…!”
Amen to that, 1mits1!
More release date info for movie in Nashville, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York…
Release dates listed for the “Bracing New Documentary “Dark Girls” Delves Beneath The Skins of Women Darker Than Most and the Separate Lives They Lead” are a little confusing.
Sounds like the film jumps off in October 2011, but the L.A. dates of May 20, 2011, must be a misprint:
Film to Premier in October at the International Black Film Festival in Nashville (May 20, 2011 – Los Angeles), says the FB post:
Has anything really changed since the days of American slavery when dark-skinned Blacks were made to suffer even greater indignities than their lighter skinned counterparts?
Ask today’s dark Black woman.
Dual documentary Directors/Producers D. Channsin Berry (Urban Winter Entertainment) and Bill Duke (Duke Media) took their cameras into everyday America in search of pointed, unfiltered and penetrating interviews with Black women of the darkest hues for their emotional expose’, “Dark Girls”.
Two years in the making and slated to premier down south at the International Black Film Festival in October in Nashville, “Dark Girls” pulls back our country’s curtain to reveal that the deep seated biases and hatreds of racism – within and outside of the Black American culture – remain bitterly entrenched.
Berry states of the film’s origin, “When Bill called me with the idea of a documentary about dark-skinned women, I was in right away. Being a dark-skinned Black man, like Bill, I have gone through similar traumas. Being separated and discriminated against by our own people. It stifles your self-esteem. Bill and I shared our similar experiences and immediately understood that we knew the best way to approach this.”
Duke adds, “In the late `60s a famous psychological study was done in which a young Black girl was presented with a set of dolls. Every time the she was asked to point to the one that wasn’t pretty, not smart, etc., she pointed to the Black doll that looked just like her. In her mind, she was already indoctrinated. To watch her do that was heartbreaking and infuriating. CNN did the test again recently – decades later – with little progress.
As the filmmakers behind ‘Dark Girls,’ our goal is to take that little girl’s finger off that doll.”
Dark-skinned Black American women from all walks of life will be covered with a key focus trained tightly upon women struggling for upward mobility in the workplace of Corporate America.
“The sickness is so crazy,” Berry continues. “These ladies broke it down to the degree that dark-skinned ‘sistas’ with ‘good’ hair vs. dark-skinned women with ‘kinky’ hair were given edges when it came time for coveted promotions.”
Additional interviewees for “Dark Girls” include White men in loving intimate relationships with Black women that were passed over by “their own men,” as well as dark-skinned women of Latin and Panamanian background to bring a world perspective to the issue of dark vs. light.
“Dark Girls,” which will screen in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York following its Nashville premier, promises to be a proactive view.
Berry concludes, “The skin issue is a discussion we all need to have once and for all…so we can eradicate it.”
Dark Girls movie making waves in the UK!
All the way across The Pond, UK writers are taking notice of the film with articles like Sister Act director asks if life is worse for ‘dark skinned’ girls from Voice Online in the UK.
Reaction from fans of the Dark Girls movie on Facebook
People who’ve made their Facebook updates public are also publicly speaking out about their reaction to the Dark Girls movie trailer video:
Carmichael Skitzo Rodriguez: This is some sad [stuff]…But it’s true…My grandmother loved me so much growin up cuz I was so light skinned…But my mother was brown and beautiful…I think Dark skinned woman are beautiful…My lifey right now is dark skinned and my baby moms Korean…lol…Ya’ll know Skitzo don’t discriminate, but na fa’real…This is [messed] up…We gotta change this…
Cassandra R Floyd: View this video, this is eye opening, however not surprising. Given our history of self hatred and slavery programming being passed down from the elders. What to do, isn’t it time to end it?
Martin Robinson: “Dark girls documentary” God Almighty
Delores Gardner Thompson: I’m looking forward to this documentary. This preview touches several intra-racial hostilities–not just skin color, but hair texture and even black immigrants’ reactions to being mistakenly identified as black American.
Mary Masala: I wonder what British women would have to say on the same subject…
Sonya Justsayin Burton: I believe when black women and men accept the beauty of their skin we would not need movies or documentries to prove our worth. i believe that God makes us all unique and special in our own right…but if u dont believe it you cant expect others to believe something u dont. i love my chocolate skin, and i dont need anyone to permission to be me. with this being said…. i amhappy to be nappy. i glad to be blck and wh
Whitney Bracey: wow!
Jennifer Robinson: Everyone should watch this, I am excited for the new info and perspective i have after watching the video.
Leandra McLennon: This is deep, now a days people care to much about how light your skin is or the texture and length of your hair, but that is all bs and shouldn’t matter.
Ishmahil Blagrove: Great commentary on a subject very rarely discussed in open circles – dark skin and self hatred. It opens the debate as to how we as black people see ourselves and how did we get to the point whereby Beyonce and her Eurocentric features have come to epitomise the yardstick of black beauty!
“YO!!! This is deep…Pass this on to your Chocolate sistas out there!” writes Ry Ro on Facebook.