"Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions

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Directed by"Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_header_cell_0_1_0 Camille Debose"Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_cell_0_1_1
Release date"Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_header_cell_0_2_0 "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_cell_0_2_1
Running time"Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_header_cell_0_3_0 34 minutes"Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_cell_0_3_1
Country"Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_header_cell_0_4_0 United States"Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_cell_0_4_1
Language"Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_header_cell_0_5_0 English"Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_cell_0_5_1

"Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions is a 2011 documentary film directed, written and edited by Camille S. DeBose. "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_sentence_0

The film focuses on cultural language and practices that negatively impact the development of a healthy sense of self. "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_sentence_1

The filmmaker's commentary asserts a criticism of the way wavy hair, lighter skin and a slender nose are still considered more attractive in the black community in light of historical and contemporary movements which have sought to liberate black self-esteem. "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_sentence_2

As a practicing and teaching sociologist, the filmmaker sought to illuminate the notion of symbolic violence through the lens of Pierre Bourdieu and spark conversation not just in the black community but all other communities as well. "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_sentence_3

Cultural practices which value some features but not others are issues common to every family and every community. "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_sentence_4

For the filmmaker this is an issue of valuing and finding beauty in every human being. "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_sentence_5

Synopsis "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_section_0

The film begins with a series of outdoor shots narrated by the filmmaker. "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_sentence_6

The viewer follows her fuzzy form as she approaches the camera and tells a story of people remarking on the features they hope her unborn child will be born with. "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_sentence_7

The film continues with a collection of personal stories juxtaposed against discussion and analysis from professionals and academics. "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_sentence_8

Viewers get glimpses of the filmmaker's pregnant form as she travels through the landscape. "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_sentence_9

The film ends with the sight of the filmmaker's child and a quote by bell hooks on shame and the life cycle. "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_sentence_10

Release "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_section_1

The film had its Chicago debut at the Black Harvest Film Festival on August 22, 2011. "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_sentence_11

Screenings & Awards "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_section_2

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  • 2012 - This film was an official selection at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival in Seattle, WA."Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_item_0_0
  • 2012 - This film was an official selection at the San Francisco Black Film Festival."Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_item_0_1
  • 2012- This film was awarded Second Place for Best Documentary at the Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival"Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_item_0_2

Reviews "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_section_3

The film was reviewed and recommended by Video Librarian in their 2013 January/February online issue. "Good Hair" and Other Dubious Distinctions_sentence_12


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