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Hair Piece
A Film for Nappy-Headed People
A film by Ayoka Chenzira
1985, 10 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99218
An animated satire on the question of self image for African American women living in a society where beautiful hair is viewed as hair that blows in the wind and lets you be free. Lively tunes and witty narration accompany a quick-paced inventory of relaxers, gels and curlers. Such rituals are all-too familiar to African American women-and indeed to all women confronted with an unattainable ideal of beauty. This short film has become essential for discussions of racism, African American cinema and empowerment. Used by hundreds of groups as diverse as museums, churches, hospitals and hair stylists.


  • Nat'l Black Programming Consortium, First Place, Cultural Affairs
  • Flaherty Film Seminar

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    "Lighthearted animation with an edge. Jubilant, exuberant, eccentric...."
    Janet Maslin
    New York Times

    "Charming, funny, witty and irreverent. A real delight."
    Karen Cooper
    Film Forum

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