Soul Searching with Daphne S. Valerius
A conversation with the filmmaker behind the documentary, “The Souls of Black Girls”
Interviewed by RezaRitesRi.com Guest Correspondent, Camila Crews. Music by Zawadi, Iyeoka, and Riders Against the Storm. Podcast produced by Reza Corinne Clifton.
(From left to right, Filmmaker Daphne Valerius finds a moment to smile during a February 24 post-screening discussion with special guest, Chuck D (from seminal hip hop group, Public Enemy); Valerius poses with Chuck D. after presenting him with a special gift of framed stills from the movie. Click on the photo or here to listen to an audio podcast of Valerius talking about her documentary. )
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Souls of Black Girls is a provocative news documentary that raises the question of whether or not women of color may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty celebrated in images of the mass media. The documentary features candid interviews with young women discussing their self-image and social commentary from Rapper Chuck D, Actresses Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith, Washington Week Moderator (PBS) Gwen Ifill and Cultural Critic Michaela Angela Davis, among others.
Busy booking and screening showings nationally and internationally, Varlerius stopped back in one place that she calls home, Rhode Island, for screenings at the Providence Black Repertory Company and the University of Rhode Island. She also made time for dinner at the Providence restaurant, Cuban Revolution, and a word with RezaRitesRi.com guest correspondent, Camila Crews. As informative, intelligent, and stimulating as the Byron Hurts documentary, “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” is, Valerius’s movie is a must-see. Click on the photo above or here to hear what the scholar, filmmaker, and beautiful aspiring actress had to say about intra-racial color tensions, working with celebrities, and redefining beauty.
Peep the Film at the February 27 screening at the University of Rhode Island
URI, Kingston Campus
At the Ballroom of the Memorial Union
For more information about the screening at URI, go the University’s Multicultural Center Black History month calendar by visiting www.uri.edu/mcc/BlackHistoryMonth/2008/index.html or contact Ana Barraza at URI’s Center for Student Leadership Development, 401.874.2561, or at firstname.lastname@example.org .