Television review The documentary How It Feels To Be Free Introduces African American Female Stars in the Entertainment World in an Interesting But Scattered Way

The Black Summer theme documentary focuses on six women, each of whom could have made her own documentary.

History has forgotten an enormous number of female factors. A recent documentary highlights, in the spirit of intersectional feminism, U.S. black female stars pushed aside from two directions, as women and African Americans.

There is enough material, although the first part of the document in particular makes you think about the basis on which women can be bundled. Each of them is worthy of their own documentary, not to mention that they should have a permanent position in the canon of entertainment and the arts, without having to be reminded of it over and over again.

Two-part the documentary focuses on six women. Lena Horne was a multi-talent both in music and as an actor, as well Abbey Lincoln.

Diahann Carroll broke the authentic television side of the popular Juliaseries. Cicely Tyson was nominated for an Oscar. Pam Grier rushed to appear as the action star of blaxploitation movies.

A charismatic musician has also been included Nina Simone, which is certainly a pioneer of the same decades but not so much related to Hollywood.

Simon’s presence, of course, ignites any documentary, but in terms of content, it would have been possible without it. The name of the document How it feels to be free comes from Simon.

Now a little confusion arises precisely from the fact that both parts deal with both the music scene and the film, as well as the civil rights struggle. On the other hand, six diverse women are difficult to take deep control of in two hours.

The women themselves are strongly pictured in both old and newer interviews. In addition, researchers and a musician have been interviewed, among others Alicia Keysia and the actor Halle Berry, who was ultimately the first to receive the Oscar as the first dark – skinned. It is clear, of course, that the six women in the documentary are their role models.

Halle Berry says that in her youth, her first thought about Lena Horne was whether this was white or black. Berry himself knows that a drop of black makes white black.

Style and appearance requirements also come to the fore. Abbey Lincoln was the first of the crowd to release her afro, and Cicely Tyson also created her own gorgeous hairstyle.

Documentary women are always united by the equally depressing fact that during their careers they did not receive all the attention, appreciation and freedom of expression they would have deserved, but they nevertheless took great strides towards it.

Still, most of the new Hollywood movies prove that a long journey is yet to come.

What it feels like to be free, Theme at 8pm and Yle Areena. (K12)



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