The Bleaching Syndrome + Talkback
12 pm Pacific (3 pm Eastern) on Sunday, July 12, 2020
Qatar / Short Documentary / 20 minutes / Rated PG 13
In Arabic and English with Arabic and English subtitles
Follow the screening will be a virtual talkback with director Eiman Mirghani and other guests TBA.
Free; suggested donation benefits Detroit Justice Center
Eiman Mirghani, an Afro-Arab filmmaker living in Qatar, sets out to make a documentary about a Sudanese beautician who, like many other Sudanese women today, bleaches her skin as part of her “beauty routine”. After coming across challenges in making the film, particularly in which the woman becomes hesitant in speaking openly about the subject, Mirghani begins to look inwards regarding this increasing trend, turning the camera around on her relationship with her own “blackness”. She looks to find answers towards her lifelong feelings of unworthiness and under-representation in a world that is discreetly but deeply intolerant.
This event is organized in partnership with The Arab American National Museum and Arte East