This documentary explores the extreme lengths that black women in America go to to straighten their naturally curly hair. There’s a lot of identity, gender and beauty politics wrapped up in their expensive, and at times painful, solutions. This documentary could have been an important but boring film, but comedian Chris Rock adds laughs to curl an otherwise straight subject. The result is funny, at times hilarious, but also deeply thought-provoking, and even informative (who knew black women’s hair weaves all came from one temple in India?). This is a fantastic true film because it illuminates the complex invisible world that hides right behind an everyday common thing — straight hair on black women. I’ve seen it twice already.
2009, 95 min.
$3, Amazon Instant Video rental
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