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Back to Natural: A Documentary Film

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Social roots of Black hair history get insightful attention.

Movie NR 2019 65 minutes
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This thoughtful and engaging documentary delivers a thorough chronicle of Black hair history and its global social impact. For South African actor and model Roxanne Kalie, it would be hair that would help partially define her teen years. "I'm in the 10th grade, I decided not to go to the salon," she says in Back to Natural: A Documentary Film. But Kalie painfully recalls, "I was made to sit on the floor next to my teacher's feet because she thought that I was trying to attract attention to myself…. This was me finding myself." Others remember getting their hair straightened often for an appearance acceptable by White mainstream society. As an excellent teaching tool for kids, teens, and adults about learning to embrace who you are and welcome diversity, Back to Natural: A Documentary Film is the real deal!

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