#OURSTORIESMATTER: Hair Love | Animated Short Film

Hair Love is an animated short film about an African American father trying to do his daughters hair for the first time. Hair Love, is a Pixar-style animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, Stephen, his daughter, Zuri and tyher hair. Despite having long locks, Stephen has been used to his wife doing his daughter’s hair, so when she is unavailable right before a big event, Stephen will have to figure it out on his own. This sounds simple enough, but we soon come to find that Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own.

This story was born out of seeing a lack of representation in mainstream animated projects, and also wanting to promote hair love amongst young men and women of color. It is our hope that this project will inspire.

I’ve had the idea for this project for a couple of years now, but it wasn’t until I recently started coming across a lot of viral videos of black fathers interacting with their sons and daughters online that I finally had the confidence to try and make this a real thing. Below are great examples of some of the great viral videos I have come across in the past year:

Through this project, it is my hope that we can show a positive image of black fathers and their daughters, while encouraging natural hair and self-love throughout the world through the animated space.

For more info with regards to this film and to learn how you can donate to this extraordinary project, click here

By Matthew A. Cherry | Source: kickstarter.com

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