Black Barbie is a poetry animation that explores the filmmaker’s experience with skin bleaching products. The personal journey she embarks on leads her to question societal ideals of beauty and whether she can accept herself as she is.
Societal norms have been set to project the black as non-attractive hence a Barbie doll is made of lighter skin color. To change the narrative, artist Comfort Arthur produces this poetic animation to challenge the ideas of society and to educate black youth who have questions of being black
Comfort Arthur is a British born Ghanaian who gained a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design at Central St Martins and a Masters degree in Animation at the Royal College of Arts
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June in the town of Annecy, France.
Due to Coronavirus, the Annecy festival premieres their program “We Are One Global Film Festival” virtually. The festival is organized by Tribeca & Youtube and pulls together 21 international film festivals, including Sundance, BFI, and Toronto.
Watch Black Barbie’s premiere on Annecy International Animation Film Festival below,
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