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10th DMZ Docs(2018)

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Like Dolls, I'll Rise

Nora PHILIPPE

  • France, USA
  • 2018
  • 29min
  • 15 +
  • DCP
  • color

Asian Premiere

Synopsis

Within the dolls made for young American girls, and the representations they convey, lies a long and complicated history of white supremacy and racism. But, between 1850 and 1930, nameless African-American women made black dolls. The Black Dolls, displayed and published for the first time in 2015, tells this unique story, which mingles intimacy and politics, art, childhood, and femininity.

Review

Dolls can be our friends and sometimes even mirrors. In addition, dolls can serve as someone’s alter ego or agent. In the 1840s in the US with slavery still in place, nameless black women made dolls using black and brown fabric. Given that the prevalent form of dolls produced at that time was a fair-skinned, blond woman with blue eyes, the rag dolls with different shapes and patterns seemed strange. Combining black and white, and beautiful princesses and ugly maids, they reflected the confusion experienced by black women who worked for white families. Like Dolls, I’ll Rise presents Deborah Neff’s collection of rag dolls and seeks to break the silence of society still tied to the standards of beauty created by racial discrimination. The rough texture and rugged appearance of the rag dolls convey how those black women perceived themselves. Although inscribed with countless discourses, the bodies of the rag dolls are sealed, upon which the women’s cries and whispers intersect. With regards to the dignified and beautiful body that no one can degrade, the rag dolls have long been giving us courage. [KWON Semi]

Director

  • Nora PHILIPPE

    Job Center, Please Hang On (2014)The Ensorcery of James Ensor (2011)Samtavro (2011)At the Atelier of Pierre Antoniucci (2010)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerNora PHILIPPE
  • Cinematography Emmanuel GRAS
  • Editor Anne SOURIAU

Distributor / World Sales

Les films de l'air  33 683 171 305 / nora@lesfilmsdelair.com