Dark Girls is an emotional exposĂ© on what it means to be dark skinned in America. Filmmakers D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke capture moving interviews with women who open up about their experiences being dark, Black women in America. They share painful stories about things their mothers, sisters and friends have said, in addition to what theyâ€™ve taken away from mass media. Overwhelmingly these interviews reveal the same thing: To them, Black is not beautiful.
In an effort to learn more about the concept of Black beauty, the filmmakers reach both in and outside the Black community to seed conversations that reveal deep-rooted biases about race. Combining these emotional interviews with historical context and well-known psychological studies, the film sheds light on the perceived biases of â€śdark versus light,â€ť and its ultimate aim to help people see that Black is beautiful.