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LONG Métrage | 2011
Dark Girls
Pays concerné : États-Unis
Durée : 75 minutes
Genre : drame
Type : documentaire


Dans ce documentaire émouvant qui parle au coeur les réalisateurs Bill Duke et D. Channsin Berry examinent pourquoi le préjugé racial persiste au sein des gens d’ascendance africaine et comment il affecte la vie des femmes noires qui en patissent.

Un long métrage documentaire de Bill Duke et D. Channsin Berry

Etats-Unis, 2011, anglais, 1h15 minutes, HDCAM

Producteurs : Bill Duke, D. Channsin Berry
Sociétés de Production : Duke Media/Urban Winter Entertainment
Images : Johnny Simmons
Montage : Bradinn French
Son : Chris Howland


In this emotional and heartfelt documentary, directors Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry set out to examine why skin-colour bias persists among people of African descent, and how it affects the lives of women on the receiving end.

A Feature documentary by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry

PROGRAMMER’S NOTE (Toronto 2011)

It seems beyond comprehension that a child would ask her mother to put bleach in the bathwater to lighten her skin. Yet this is a reality for countless members of the African diaspora. For many black women – who, like all women, are often judged by their physical appearance – being dark-skinned can become their defining characteristic.

Directors Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry set out to examine why skin-colour bias per­sists and how it affects the lives of women on its receiving end. This is a documentary of testimony. In emotional, heartfelt inter­views, women tell stories of being judged inferior, less attractive and even less intel­ligent because of their dark skin. They tell of black men passing them over in favour of lighter-skinned women. They also speak of judging one another based on skin colour, and of how it feels to internalize racism that dates back to the Atlantic slave trade, but has been left to fester for generations. Duke and Berry – both dark-skinned themselves – include a famous child psychology test in which young girls are asked to rate the characteristics of a series of dolls according to skin shade. The results are disheartening.

Skin-colour bias is, of course, not limited to people of African descent – the popular­ity of skin bleaching products throughout Asia attests to this. As a result, Dark Girls takes on a broader reach. It can’t correct centuries of deeply held beliefs, nor can it heal every woman who has been demeaned or ignored because her skin is darker than most others. What it can do – and what it does so powerfully – is share the feelings of frustration and disbelief at one of our most absurd practices.
Cameron Bailey (TIFF 2011)

Country: USA
Year: 2011
Language: English
Runtime: 75 minutes
Format: HDCAM
Rating: 14A

Directed by Bill Duke & D. Channsin Berry;

Produced by Bill Duke & D. Channsin Berry;
Co-Produced by Bradinn French;
Line Produced by Cheryl L. Bedford

Production Company: Duke Media/Urban Winter Entertainment
Cinematographer: Johnny Simmons
Editor: Bradinn French
Sound: Chris Howland

Twitter : @DarkGirls_Movie

2011 | 36tH TIFF – Toronto Intl FilmFest, Canada
* World Premiere
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