Tags: gender, media, prejudice/discrimination, race/ethnicity, colonialism, hip hop, pigmentocracy, representation, socialization, 11 to 20 mins
Summary: This film by Nayani Thiyagarajah, Brian Han, Leanne McAdams, Derek Rider, and Vanessa Rodrigues addresses the topic of shadeism, which the filmmakers describe as "the discrimination that exists between the lighter-skinned and darker-skinned members of the same community. This documentary short looks specifically at how it affects young womyn within the African, Caribbean, and South Asian diasporas." Through the testimony of five women and one little girl, the film explores a number of issues surrounding shadeism, including the practice of skin bleaching, media representation, the legacy of colonialism, and resistance to shadeism through hip hop culture. At about twenty minutes in length, the film is unable to explore any of its topics with any real depth but works well as a means of setting up a discussion on shadeism. In particular, the film might be a nice way for instructors based in the United States to engage students in a discussion about racial logics operating elsewhere.
Submitted By: Lester Andrist
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