You heard right — Chris Rock’s documentary, Good Hair, has entered competition at Sundance. It’s getting great reviews, and according to the description, it sounds amazing and inspiring :
“When Chris Rockâ€™s daughter, Lola, came up to him crying and asked, â€œDaddy, how come I donâ€™t have good hair?â€ the bewildered comic committed himself to search the ends of the earth and the depths of black culture to find out who had put that question into his little girl’s head!
Director Jeff Stilsonâ€™s camera followed the funnyman, and the result is Good Hair, a wonderfully insightful and entertaining, yet remarkably serious, documentary about African American hair culture.An exposÃ© of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, Good Hair visits hair salons and styling battles, scientific laboratories, and Indian temples to explore the way black hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of black people.”
And…. what conclusions does he draw while investigating the industry and trying to answer his daughter’s sad question of self-esteem?
“What he discovers is that black hair is a big business that doesnâ€™t always benefit the black community and little Lolaâ€™s question might well be bigger than his ability to convince her that the stuff on top of her head is nowhere near as important as what is inside.”
Well, well, well. Mr. Rock, I’m gonna need you and your beautiful little Lola to catch up with Afrobella, OK? And I’m gonna put this out there right now — I would love to interview Chris Rock about this film! It sounds like something that’s been long overdue.
Rock and his executive producer Nelson George elaborate on the issue in this AP interview, which reveals what every black woman knows, and what we’ve discussed on this here blog time and time again — that the hair thing goes beyond wanting to achieve Eurocentric ideals of desirability.
““It’s this whole thing about approval. That approval is not simply, `I want white people to love me.’ It’s like, `I need a job. I want to move forward, and if I have a hairstyle that is somewhat intimidating, that’s going to stop me from moving forward,'” said Nelson George, executive producer of “Good Hair.“”
Here’s a video of Rock discussing his film. Makes me want to see it even more!
Does this mean a new career track for Chris Rock? Do you want to see this film? What do you think will happen to terms like “good” and “bad” hair now that we’re in a new era of change?
** adorable photo courtesy of Concrete Loop!