The Black Line Documentary Part 3 Investigates Black Women, The Real Deal
D. Channsin Berry is no stranger to polarizing topics as evidenced in the award-winning film, Dark Girls, The Black Line Part 1, 2 and The ChurchHouse documentary which he directed and produced. The ChurchHouse, most recently premiered the fall of 2015 in Newark, New Jersey at Rutgers University and was showcased at the International Black FilmFestival in Nashville. In the tradition of Berry’s films it was controversial because the filmmaker dares to ask the questions and confront what others talk about in back rooms but shy away from publicly. His ability to navigate the difficult keeps his work on the cutting edge opening doors and stimulating dialog that hopefully will inspire and evoke others to pursue the necessary change needed to advance our race.
Berry insists that his films seek truths to reveal what we know but often turn our heads to going along accepting while knowing that change is necessary if we’re to really move forward.
The award winning Dark Girls was a hit across the nation conjuring up deep rooted emotions associated with skin color that runs within the innermost resets of our minds and has somehow entered our DNA affecting us daily in how we perceive ourselves as well as how we interact and engage with one another. Most importantly Dark Girls reveals how our notion about skin color impacts our lives generation after generation.
The ChurchHouse, Berry says, ” This poignant topic that has infected the African American culture for too long. After the Eddie Long incident I started thinking about how tragic it is that what used to be a place of refuge has become a place of confusion and mistrust because of misuse of power and influence by some men.” And so it happened that he was directed by divine intervention.
The film features interviews with ministers, preachers, bishops, church members and former church members and covers topics including , sexism, homosexuality, and abuse of power. Berry points out that historically many Black leaders in America came out of the church and aims to show that in order for African Americans to become stronger, “We need our black church back’ as a place of refuge, a place of the real word of God where we can regain our power spiritually, physically, mentally and financially.” Still hesitant, for music lovers note that Chuck D of Public Enemy contributed two songs to the “The ChurchHouse…Sexuality in The Black Church” soundtrack including the hard hitting record “Make You Blind.” New artist MemphisJelks is contributed the song, “HeavenOcopter”.
According to Dictionary.com defines line:
Mathematics.a continuous extent of length, straight or curved,without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point. This definition affirms that The Black Line is appropriately titled. The film provides insight into various thoughts, practices and feelings of some African-American Women by a sampling of representation revealing a consistent thread distinguishing them from women of other ethnicities. The documentary highlights shared truths and experiences touching each of the featured participants regardless of their socio-economic standing .
Berry is an intelligent director who carefully seeks out the commonality among his subjects crossing regions, religions, sexualities and professions. The documentary digs deep into the reasons why some younger African-American women may, according to their elders, be the way they are today—brazen and common, less pious or modest and self-respecting.
Through dialog with successful, confident and dignified women, possible solutions to the young Black women’s dilemma come to fore. From voices and the accounting of memories of these women, Berry explores the African-American women’s survival and destiny from the 1920’s to the present. Using the various institutions of marriage, mothering, racism, career, education, religion and sex, Barry guides the viewer through a journey of exploration and discovery of the history and future of African-Americans as a people.
You are invited to stay after the film to partake in dialog with D. Channsin Berry directly following the screening.
The film premieres in Chicago at DuSable Museum, 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637 Thursday March 10, 2016 at 7PM. Get your tickets now Admission: $15 per person for reservations please visit www.dusablemuseum.org
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