Monday, December 17, 2012

'Why Do You Have Black Dolls?' Explores Beauty And Cultural Identity

"Why Do You Have Black Dolls?" is the title and question being tackled in a new short documentary film by director Samantha Knowles.

The film's title and premise stems from an experience Knowles had as a child when an inquisitive 8-year-old playmate asked the very same question.

“Her question stuck with me for a long time. I can’t remember how I responded in that moment, but I saw this film as an opportunity to explore that question," Knowles told Dartmouth Now.

The synopsis states that the film, which recently debuted at 15th annual Reel Sisters Film Festival, "explores the history, the beauty, and the pride that is the black doll. Through its characters, a little-known community of black doll enthusiasts, it reveals that the black doll is more than a plaything; it is a cultural artifact that represents the history of the people it depicts."

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