KEEP IT CURLY! AFRO HAIR IN OUR SOCIETY

19.9. Saturday

14:00 Filmforum Museum Ludwig

Stubborn, wild, exotic – the stereotypes associated with afro hair are manifold. Finding the right hair salon is tricky as
working with curly hair is still not part of standard stylist training. That’s why a large number of people with afro hair use
wigs or chemical straightening products – often also to conform to the prevailing ideal of straight hair. Together with her sister Diana Donkor, author and FilmInitiativ colleague Esther Donkor published the practical guide KEEP IT KRAUS – DAS BASISBUCH FÜR KRAUSELOCKEN (KEEP IT CURLY – A BASIC GUIDE FOR AFRO-TEXTURED CURLS) in 2020, sharing their personal experiences regarding afro hair and explaining the basics of hair care for people with afro curls. Esther Donkor will read selected excerpts from the book and there will be a screening of three short films on the topic of ‘Afro hair’.

 

 

STRONG HAIR

Regie: Kokutekeleza Musebeni; Deutschland 2019;

OF dt.; digital; 14 min.

STRONG HAIR follows Afro-German protagonist Marie on her ‘hair journey’, explaining how awkward she sometimes feels leaving the house with un-styled hair.

MEDUSA, CHEVEUX AFRO ET AUTRE MYTHS

R: Johanna Makabi & Adèle Albrespy; Senegal/Kongo 2018;

OF frz. m. engl. UT; digital; 19 min.

MEDUSA, CHEVEUX AFRO ET AUTRE MYTHS (MEDUSA, AFRO HAIR AND OTHER MYTHS) documents the experiences and thoughts of people in London, Paris, Dakar and Marseille regarding their afro hair.

HAIR LOVE

Regie: Matthew A. Cherry & Everett Downing & Jr. Bruce W. Smith; USA 2019;

OF engl. m. engl. UT; digital; 7 min.

Oscar-winning HAIR LOVE is about a father lovingly trying to style his daughter’s afro hair