By now, most of us have gotten wind of Chris Rock’s soon-to-be-released comic documentary, Good Hair, but for those in the NYC area this weekend there’s another film, In Our Heads About our Hair, documenting the wide-ranging perspectives Black women have about their hair. Getting a film made is no easy feat so congrats to longtime friend, Black hair expert and salon owner, Anu Prestonia who brought her passion for healthy heads–both hair and minds–to the project, her foray into film making.
Produced by Anu in collaboration with journalist/author, Maitefa Angaza and educator, Paulette J. Tabb, In Our Heads About our Hair, is directed by recent Brooklyn College Department of Film graduate, Hemamset Angaza (An aside and a gulp! I remember a young Hemamset participating in a children’s art exhibit I curated at Brooklyn Moon).
The 40-minute film screens this weekend at 5:50 pm at the Reel Sisters Film Festival at LIU’s Kumble Theater. The screening is free, but RSVP is a must. Dial 347.534.3304 or send an email to email@example.com with “RSVP” in the subject line.
Fernandun June Terry, from In Our Heads About Our Hair.
Other filmmakers who’ve weighed in on the subject are the visual renaissance man, Andrew Dosunmu with Hot Irons, his 1999 chronicle of Detroit’s annual hairstyling spectacle, Hair Wars. More recently Regina Kimbell and Jay Bluemke took the show on the road with My Nappy Roots: A Journey through Black Hair-itage in 2007.