When you first look at the title you may think, 'Oh great! What are Black women complaining about now?' But when you take the time to watch the movie you realize that Dark Girls is more than a documentary about Black women, it's an experience and journey. This documentary directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry will take you on a journey to see what growing up for darker skinned Black women was like.
I, being a lighter skinned Black woman, was surprised that so many Black women who are darker held onto the things that was said about them as they were growing up. It saddened me to know that the women in this documentary held themselves to a lesser standard, even with the accomplishments of so many Black women. It was frustrating to know that they allowed themselves be identified by their skin color and not who they are as a person. I wholeheartedly agreed with Michael Colyar when he said that they allowed themselves to be identified by the negative traits others said but they never had to answer to it.
Dark Girls takes you on an amazing journey even though it is controversial. This film hits the issues that are often hidden in our culture about the differences between being a dark skinned Black woman. The personal stories of women from here in the States and other parts of the world will definitely be eye opening.
From young to old, the women interviewed in Dark Girls shared their stories of pain and hurt from being identified by their color. It was also sad to hear how some Black men rejected dark skinned females and how they preferred other races or lighter skinned Black women to date or marry. Internal race racism is true and it causes damage to younger Black girls.
This movie is worth seeing, sharing and discussing because all women regardless of their skin color need to know how important they are.