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Language : English
Genre : Inspired biopic drama miniseries
Where to watch : Netflix
Rating : 8/10
In the early twentieth century America, a black woman fights against racism, male dominance and turbulent marriages to build a business empire. Fictional portrayal of the life of Madam C J Walker, hair care pioneer and first woman millionaire of America.
Why should you watch?
Highly inspiring feel good series - Octavia Spencer as Madam Walker /Sarah is a spectacle to watch - a strong willed, stubborn, brave woman who dares to reach the sky.
The film underlines the fact that you are as big as your dream - Life throws so many obstacles at Sarah; the society mocks her - a black woman wandering into a man's territory that too at a time when even black men where shunned. I don't know whether it happened for real, but there is a scene where Booker T Washington says to Sarah that women should be taught their places.
Well scripted, crisply edited and well shot.
The concept of beauty as envisioned by Sarah is beautiful - At an era when dark women craved lighter skin, Madam Walker asks everyone to be comfortable in their own skin colour. She advises to take care of one's hair because self care is a matter of confidence. She strongly rejects using white skinned models for endorsement and constantly works for the upliftment of the black community through empowerment of women.
The costume and hairdos are aesthetically perfect and pleasing.
I liked the way the internal thoughts of Sarah is narrated - her battles fought in a boxing ring and her visions as a musical filled with colours.
Why shouldn't you watch?
Several people have complained about the series being factually inaccurate.
Final takeaway - Must Watch for biopic and history enthusiasts. Watchable for others
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