New Film Explores A Question We’ve All Probably Been Asked Before: “Why Do You Have Black Dolls?”

October 15, 2012  |  

Most of us know why we have black dolls, but those of a different persuasion for some reason often have a hard time wrapping their heads around our need to have dolls that actually look like us.  Go figure.

Well Samantha Knowles is putting the explanation in cinematic form for such people and even black people who don’t know their history or beauty in a new film, “Why Do You Have Black Dolls.” According to a description on Shadow and Act:

 “Why Do You Have Black Dolls?”, is a film inspired by a question asked of an 8-year old girl. It 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.

One of our editors saw this film at the 15th Reel Sisters of The Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series, and she said it was great. Check out the trailer here. What do you think?

*Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

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