Racially Constructed (Documentary 2020)

I was involved with this Documentary as a Producer and Director, and it tells the story (and struggles) of Noreen – as she has grown up dealing with trying to find comfort with her skin complexion. Shadeism or Colorism, is the struggle that many black people have to deal with during their lives as self-esteem and self-worth is sometimes tied to how dark or light one is. Yes, writing that last sentence out sounds crazy, but many people – from children to grown adults still place a value on their self-esteem and self-worth based on their complexion.

This documentary started off with an idea from Noreen as she called me one Fall Day in 2019 and explained what she wanted to do. At first, I thought this would be a small little project that I can assist with – I was semi-interested, as I had other projects on the go, so I told her ‘why not’. Several months later, multiple shoots across Toronto and New York City, a pandemic, several rounds of editing, and finally in September 2020, this 38 minute documentary was finished that hopefully can shed some insight into the important issue of colorism in the black community.

Thanks to everyone that was involved!

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