— One Village (@OneVillageEnt) April 30, 2013
Based on the above tweet posted last night by One Village Entertainment, it looks like Bill Duke’s documentary, Dark Girls (which we’ve been following since mid-2011) is heading to Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network (the other black TV network) this June.
It’s been traveling the film festival circuit since its TIFF debut in the fall of 2011, and, at one time, seemed like it would get a theatrical release, but that never happened.
So if you didn’t see it while it toured the festival circuit, you’ll get your chance to do so in a couple of months it appears.
It was a year ago when Bull Duke announced that he was developing 2 feature documentary follow-ups to Dark Girls, after a screening of that film at the Pan African Film Festival in 2012, which I attended.
Sharing with the audience during a Q&A after the screening, Duke said that the two follow-up films would include: Yellow Brick Road, which will look at the *colorism* issue from the fairer-skinned black woman’s point of view (Dark Girls was from the darker-skinned black woman’s POV); and the other would be titled What Is A Man, which will explore what masculinity and manhood is, from the beginning of humanity to the present.
He’s been filming What Is A Man with the assistance of New York Film Academy students in Los Angeles, this year, adding that the film will explore what it means to be a man, physically, biologically, and sociologically. As of our last report in February, students had already begun shooting interviews with men all over the world, from countries in Europe, to Asia, and America, with more to come, including interviews with comedians, religious figures, and celebrities.
No word yet on when we can expect What Is A Man, but I’d assume in the next 12 months. And also no word on what was to be part 2 of this trilogy, Yellow Brick Road.
But Dark Girls is coming to OWN in June.
Here’s the poster art that came with the above tweet: