Good Hair

  • Good Hair
Genre : Comedy
Type : Documentary
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Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2009
Format : Feature
Running time : 95 (in minutes)

An exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, GOOD HAIR visits beauty salons and hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of the black community.
Director Jeff Stilson follows Chris Rock on this raucous adventure prompted by Rock's daughter approaching him and asking, "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?" Haircare professionals, beautyshop and barbershop patrons, as
well as celebrities including Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Maya Angelou, Salt n Pepa, Eve and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter's question.

Chris Rock undertakes a typically irreverent but insightful investigation into the state of the African-American hair industry.
Acting as an African-American Michael Moore, comedian Chris Rock goes front and centre in this investigative documentary that is both hilarious and surprisingly informative. In black families'good' hair means straight hair - and it's been the source of pain and envy ever since African slaves first took on European beauty standards. Today, women on limited incomes pay thousands of dollars a year to maintain their straight hair - or expect their men to pay for them! Aided by both ordinary people and celebrities Rock shines a light on to an arena that is both fascinating and disturbing.

USA/2009/English dialogue/Colour/35mm/95 mins
Interests: Documentary

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* Gotham Awards nominee - Best Documentary;
* Writers Guild of America Awards nominee - Best Documentary Screenplay;
* Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize in the Documentary Category, Jeff Stilson recipient and Nominated for Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Category

2009 | 6th DIFF, Dubai
* Cinema of the World
* Middle East Premiere


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