Directed and produced by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, Dark Girls was a documentary that definitely created a conversation. Released in 2012 and later premiering on television via OWN, the film follows the experiences of black women of a darker complexion, young and old, famous (Viola Davis was even featured) and everyday individuals, who have been impacted by colorism in the Black community in many different ways. It was followed in 2015 by the doc Light Girls, which told the other side of the colorism story women experience. And while Dark Girls explored many of the struggles that dark-skin women face because of their complexion, and Light Girls also shed light on the problems women of a lighter complexion deal with, there was more talk of the negative than possible positive solutions. That’s why the newest installment in this series of films spotlighting colorism hopes to focus on the triumphs.
According to Shadow and Act, Dark Girls 2 is currently in production. This time though, Duke is sitting out the opportunity to do a followup to his controversial hit, allowing Berry to shape the stories told. According to him, he wants to showcase more of the positive while also showing what’s real.
“I’m concentrating more on the triumphs and the beauty on Dark and Light Skin Women and Girls,” he said on the film’s website. “There will be still some stories of pain and heartache, because many Women and Young girls are still dealing with lack of self-esteem issues because of Colorism. The Big question is… How can Women and Girls get to the place of HEALING and become their higher selves? so, they make better decisions about their lives. So, the documentary film will feature REAL Women, Historians and other Professionals and their recommended procedures for moving past the pain.”
No word yet on when the film will actually be released, but Berry has been keeping everyone abreast of the interviews happening and where everything is being shot on the film’s Facebook page. According to S&A, he’s staying mostly in the States, but plans to speak to women across the pond in London as well as in the Caribbean via Belize, Antigua and Trinidad.