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Black, Bold and Beautiful ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB525844
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny, Karen King-Chigbo, Jerry McIntosh
Directors:  Nadine Valcin
Producing Agencies:  CBC Newsworld (Toronto),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Sienna Films Inc. (Toronto)
Subject:  Black History, Diversity, Documentary, Social Issues, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1998
Running Time:  42m
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Afros, braids or corn-rows--hairstyles have always carried a social message, and few issues cause as many battles between Black parents and their daughters. To 'relax' one's hair into straight tresses or to leave it 'natural' inevitably raises questions of conformity and rebellion, pride and identity.

Today trend-setting teens proudly reinvent themselves on a daily basis, while career women strive for the right 'professional' image, and other women go 'natural' as a symbol of comfort in their Blackness. Filmmaker Nadine Valcin meets a range of women as they reveal how their hairstyles relate to their lives and life choices.

Black, Bold and Beautiful celebrates the bonds formed as women attend to each other's hair, while exploring how everyday grooming matters tap into lively debates on the position of Black people within Canada.

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