Bill Duke & Themba Sibeko – Light Girls Documentary

[ 0 ] April 29, 2014 |

Director/Actor Bill Duke is a veteran Hollywood filmmaker. He is also the recent recipient of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Life Time Achievement Award.

Duke has appointed Johannesburg based filmmaker Themba Sibeko’s of White Heron Pictures to produce and co-direct segments of his much anticipated documentary entitled “Light Girls”. We not sure why Bill has opted for male director Sibeko to help analyze a subject many black woman are faced with. It would be even more authentic to see it from a Native African female filmmakers perspective. However, “Light Girls” is a follow up to Duke’s 2013 critically acclaimed and NAACP award winning documentary “Dark Girls” which gives detailed insight to a major epidemic.

Sibeko says…  “Bill Duke felt strongly that there needed to be a South African perspective on what it means to be light skinned and coloured in South Africa 20 years into our new democracy. It gives the film a broader perspective on the subject matter of light skinned black women and the societal and cultural perceptions; stereotypes and myths. ‘Light Girls’ will hopefully spur further debate on colourism, the recent resurgence of skin lightening products being used by African women, celebrities, and the impact it has on race and identity. The film also touches on how media has played a role in influencing perceptions of what is deemed beautiful and what is not in today’s society”. 

The documentary will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network – OWN later in the year!

Documentary - Dark Girls

Documentary – Dark Girls

Dark Girls – Full Documentary Here

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