A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The... See full summary »
Lindsay Almond Jr.,
Edward L. Ayers
HALF THE SKY is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world's women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. Our future is in the hands of women everywhere.
The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the ... See full summary »
After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the country who provide third-trimester abortions for women. AFTER TILLER moves... See full summary »
Documentary on the psychological aspects of growing up with and without parental love. It centers around the Diaz family, who chooses to adopt three orphans from Russia, and how their new and old kids handle family together.
I love documentaries and they're among my favorite types of films. However, among the documentaries there are two types that really stand out for meones that have a strong emotional impact and those who are pushing for some sort of positive change. You'll see BOTH in Dark Girls an exceptional film from D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke.
Dark Girls is a film about a worldwide phenomenonthe notion that the lighter the skin the better or more beautiful the person supposedly is. In particular, it focuses on black womenwomen who have been traditionally devalued because of insane perceptions by the prevailing culture. The roots of this nonsense are investigated by the film as well as how prevalent it is in most cultures around the globe. However, most of the film is made up of interviewsmostly with black women but black men, whites and Asians as well. Why so many different types of people? It's because apparently every group, to some extent, has bought into this superficial notion. By far the most hard-hitting of these interviews are by beautiful black women and girls who grew up hating their color and themselves simply because of natureand this is where the Kleenex will probably come in handy. Seeing and hearing all these accomplished and lovely people who have despised their darker pigments is tough to watch without becoming at least a little misty-eyed. I just wanted to hug them all and tell them they were beautifuland I am sure you'll also feel that way as you watch.
Of all the documentaries I've recently seen, this is one that I wish I could force children and teens to watch. Then they, too, can see how cosmetic manufacturers, television and the culture STILL promote a notion that lighter is more beautiful instead of character being what makes someone beautiful. I know I'm sounding like I'm on a soapbox here so I'll wrap it up quickly. The bottom line is that the film is very well made, intelligent and hard-hitting. And, if you want to see it, try Netflixwhere it is currently streaming.
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