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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Integrity and courage are the biggest themes here.
Positive Role Models
Dolapo is learning about herself and her priorities; she ultimately doesn't let anyone tell her who she is, even though it's a challenge.
Dolapo is Black and the film itself is about natural hair's role in society and the pervasive stereotypes surrounding it, a subject rarely addressed in media.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dolapo is Fine is a short film about a teen girl named Dolapo who finds herself questioning her natural hair after she's told it's "not professional." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This poignant film begins with a long closeup of a Black girl's natural hair. Daisy, the advisor, starts out looking like an ally, as she doesn't want Dolapo to minimize herself with a nickname, but then bluntly states that her Afro is too much for the finance world. When Dollop (as she likes to be called) looks for help from her best friend, she doesn't understand: "My hair's curly too, and I don't need a wig." The film deftly shows Dolapo' struggle; she buys products, watches YouTube tutorials on how to get her hair "presentable," and ultimately debuts a straight wig at a school presentation. It goes terribly wrong but gives Dolapo the insight that she doesn't need to conform, and she's ultimately rewarded for bravely being herself. That's a lot to pack into 15 minutes, but Dolapo is Fine handles this big subject in a way that teen viewers will definitely relate to.
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