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Bill Duke’s “Dark Girls” Documentary Will World Premiere At TIFF 2011

Bill Duke's "Dark Girls" Documentary Will World Premiere At TIFF 2011

Posted to Tweeter a few minutes ago by Cameron Bailey, co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which bows next month:

Bill Duke’s powerful DARK GIRLS… #TIFF11 world premiere docs

So, obviously, that means Dark Girls, which we posted a preview of a couple of months ago (HERE), and which generated plenty of conversation across the entire web, will make its world premiere at TIFF this year! I really should be going (never been) but I can’t make it this year. Next year however, barring any unforeseen circumstances, I will definitely be there.

Though I plan to connect with someone who is going, so that they can report exclusively to S&A, and, hopefully, this is one film (and countless others) that I hope he/she will be able to see.

Many more TIFF 2011 announcements are coming, so I’ll be posting those that are of interest to S&A.

Here’s the Dark Girls preview if you missed it the first time (it’s been played almost 900,000 times already):

Dark Girls: Preview from Bradinn French on Vimeo.

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Victoria Rowels


Copyright by Victoria Rowels ©2011

Young black slaves with beautiful dark skin,
Violated by white masters again and again.
They had white women to whom they were publicly wed.
But they preferred to rape black women in the slave shed.

A painful history we all want to forget,
But we can’t because of the children born of it.
Their hues range from black to white,
With hair sometimes straight and other times tight.

Evidence of a crime and justice never received.
Centuries have passed and yes, we still grieve.
But we must love the black rainbow that we have become.
We are the original hue-mans and should unite as one.

From the middle passage to every denied civil right,
We make the best of our trying plight.
But brainwashed to hate our African origin,
We began to hate our beautiful black skin.

From European standards of beauty to the paper bag test,
We have been encouraged to take part in a self-hate fest.
Now is the time to stop this genocidal game.
God loves us all and we should do the same.

A young black girl wanted to be fine.
She bought hazel contact lens and now she’s blind.
Some black women put glue in their hair,
To hold long straight weaves that blow in the air.

We shouldn’t do destructive things like that.
We are a beautiful people and that’s a fact.
Sisters and brothers we must love our natural state.
We must love the black rainbow and stop all the hate.

Mike Whtie

This sounds fascinating.


Dark girls, Dark girls
Whatcha gonna do
Whatcha gonna do when the doc’s on you!


Can’t wait to see this and to hear the reaction after its premiere.

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