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In Our Heads About Our Hair| 1hr : 17mins
Director: Hemamset Angaza | Producer: Anu Prestonia, Maitefa Angaza, Paulette Maat Kesa Tabb
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: United States
Subject Tags: americas, gender, global, identity, media, race, society, united states
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Synopsis:
In Our Heads About Our Hair, produced by women, examines issues Black women confront regarding hair and self-esteem. Despite a current natural-hair trend in some urban areas, many Black women say conforming to mainstream beauty standards makes it easier to find mates and corporate employment. This feature documentary celebrates natural beauty and also offers opinions (and wisdom) from people making other hairstyling choices. Women of all ages, opinions, and, of course, hairstyles get In Our Heads About Our Hair. Included are interviews with: Melba Tolliver, the nation’s first Black network TV news anchor; Farah Jasmine Griffin, historian and Columbia University professor, environmental activist Majora Carter, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (host of Our World with Black Enterprise), author and activist Asha Bandele, celebrity makeup artist Roxanna Floyd, TV personality Abiola Abrams and many others. The film also features informal discussions in salons, natural-hair fashion shows and a poetry performance. Men on the streets of New York City provide enlightening and hilarious takes on hair in this well-received film. Audiences will also meet a cancer survivor, women bald by choice, women from other countries and women whose faith dictates that hair never be seen. They all address history, identity, and the notion of “good” and “bad” hair in this well-received film.

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