Video: Dark Girls Documentary (2011) Preview: Directed By Bill Duke & D. Channsin Berry

Clips from the upcoming documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color—particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.

Dark Girls: Preview
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Directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry
Produced by Bill Duke for Duke Media
and D. Channsin Berry for Urban Winter Entertainment
Co-Produced by Bradinn French
Edited by Bradinn French

Press Release:
Bracing New Documentary “Dark Girls” Delves Beneath The Skins of Women Darker Than Most and the Separate Lives They Lead. Film to Premier in October at the International Black Film Festival in Nashville

(May 20, 2011 – Los Angeles) 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.” Read More Here…

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15 Responses to Video: Dark Girls Documentary (2011) Preview: Directed By Bill Duke & D. Channsin Berry

  1. Fulaniyira says:

    Thank you Mr. Bill Duke for given African America women with darker hues a platform to speak and express their emotions and views on the damaging effects of White Supremacy (Racism) has had for centuries in American and around the global landscape. This is truly a monumental moment and a great effort to take back control of African imagery globally. I reflect on a quote from the late Dr. John Henricke Clarke who said, “powerful people never educate powerless people, and how to take their power back. If you want to control a people you have to control the image and the image you must control is the image of god, because if a person worship a god of his choosing, he’s going to take a direction of hischoosing and he’s going to think his way out of oppression, but if you worship a god that was assigned to you, an ideology was assigned to you, an educational system that was assigned to you, then those that assign those things to you will have control over you.”


    • Very enlightening comment I am gonna have to read up about Dr. John Henricke Clarke.That is a great quote.Thank you for checking out the site and the very insightful comment.

      Peace and Blessings

  2. ~marilyn says:

    I really do hope that this gets wide general distribution, and gets shown in the schools too. That little one just ripped my heart out – how can someone that age already think that she’s not smart and beautiful?

  3. Cora Miles says:

    Commendations to Duke and Perry for bringing this vital concern into the light. Some of the resources that can help us understand, analyze, and strategize to change the related systems include the work of: Dr. Joy Leary (Post traumatic slave syndrome); and “Undoing Racism” regional workshop by People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISB), an analytical approach to systemic race in institutions and possible action steps for organizations and communities. Duke and Perry inform and stimulate. Let’s use our individual spheres of influence to change their findings. Cora

  4. Romana Jackson says:

    When will the movie come

  5. Hi great colourfull People,

    I,m agree with all comments. Sorry for my english. But what i wanna say is: first of all over the whole world there are more colourfull People even then THE white people’s are dominant in any way. In the politic’s, business, oil, diamant, gold etc. So what we have to do is observing THE white role’s and copy that and use there own technic’s.
    Second we shoot tteach our children that black is beautifull and are proud of who we are. Because god make more black people’s. We shout tell aur kids how the history was and is.
    Enen somebody is weak hè used most of the time his brain and smart.
    So why don’t we stick together’ like the white People does.
    We should ask powerfull People like Mrs. Michèle Obama to start.
    I live in The Netherlands, Amsterdam and my dream/idol is that the history of the slavery of Surinam People, the dutch politic’s write THE history probably in THE history books of THE school, so that all citizen can read how this really was. This is THE start that they accept they where fault and we colourfull People can get aur justice .
    I thank you for giving me this platform and sorry again for my horrible english.
    I’m à hindoe and we say Namaskar, this means I bow and regard THE God that live in you.
    So Namaskar to all of you.

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  8. Nikita says:

    I just watched this and was almost compelled to cry. I am of a darker hue myself, and yet, the people I am around always complement my cheekbones, my smaller nose (like the nose seen in modern-day black cartoons), and my full lips. The problems I had dealing with complexion were in kindergarten up until the ninth grade, and from then on, it didn’t happen anymore. I walked hand-in-hand with an Italian guy (though he tanned profusely) and a black man with gold skin, and neither of the two ever made so much as a sharp remark. But I dealt with it, internally. I tried Ambi for weeks and my skin lightened half a shade only to darken again within a week. And yet, I thought, even through my personal experiences, that dark skin was frowned upon and I would never date.

    It does hurt. Miserably.

    And hurts even more so when I see how dark skinned girls or girls with funky names are deliberately portrayed in the media.

    And it nearly brings me to tears when I see that these dark skinned girls and girls with funky names strive to let themselves be seen in such a derogatory way because WHITE-OWNED channels like B.E.T drive it into their heads that the vacuous and trashy persona is so widely acceptable.

    This has to be brought to an abrupt standstill.

    And yet, my name is Nakeyta, and I continue to spell and pronounce it in the original Russian way so that i myself am not stereotyped.

    It hurts. And it’s a tangible hurt.

    –To all my fellow dark girls (and girls with funky names),


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  10. when is this coming to the south??? i live in tampa Florida.

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