Described as “real,” “powerful,” “truthful,” and “riveting,” The Black Girl Project illuminates the humanity, diversity and complexity of Black girls.
Turman’s film, The Black Girl Project, provides a chilling commentary on the fragile nature of being young, black and female in urban America. The stories are insightful and thrilling in their transparency. Naked, the film is a powerful and nuanced portrait of feminine identity and vulnerability.” K. Neycha Herford, Artist, Musician, Author
In a culture where Black women and girls are either venerated for their saintly accomplishments which strips them of any other character attribute except that of martyr/mammy, or demonized and used as the fall gal to explain away all that is wrong with the Black community and society-at-large, it is important to hear and see Black girls speak their truths.
In this film, we hear from nine ethnically diverse young African American women between the ages of 18 and 21. They speak of hope, triumphs, education, sex, relationships, abuse, love and more. Through them, we see the diversity of Black girls’ and women’s lives that we are often not privy to in the mainstream.
I premiere and screen several films and have done so for many years. Every once in a while I come across a project that moves me to the core and Aiesha Turman’s The Black Girl Project is one of them. It’s great to see people out there who really ‘walk the walk’ and Aiesha is truly one of those people. Her will be felt for a lifetime, if in no one else, it will be felt in the lives of the young ladies whose lives she altered and possibly saved. This project was and is so necessary! Attika Torrence, Independent Film Mew York
Traditional media continues to have a problem with realistic, multi-faceted portrayals of Black women and girls, and for that matter, all females of color. It is our hope that the film adds to the discussions about Black women and girls across the country and that it will contribute to a paradigm shift in how they are seen by others and how they see themselves.
The Black Girl Project DVD stats:
- Full film is 56 minutes long
- Contains a short epilogue, Backspin, with some of the young women in the film
- Note: contains a few instances of harsh language
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