Black Barbie: A Documentary

2023

Documentary

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IMDb Rating 5.8/10 10 502 502

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Top cast

Diahann Carroll as Self - Actress, Julia
Shonda Rhimes as Self - Television Creator, Author & Barbie
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876.18 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 34 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mvk-37851 10 / 10

Great documentary

Don't miss out on this great documentary. It brought tears to my eyes as it highlights the significant challenges women of color face in feeling seen and appreciated. The film beautifully showcases the remarkable innovation that Black Barbie brought to the world of children's toys, breaking barriers and setting new standards. The documentary is shot in an incredibly captivating way, visually stunning, and deeply moving. It meticulously details the progressive steps in how Black Barbie got her unique look and how she has evolved over time, reflecting broader societal changes and inspiring many. This film is a must-watch for anyone interested in cultural history and the powerful impact of representation in media and toys.

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Reviewed by nick11042002 10 / 10

Unwrapping the Magic of Black Barbie on Netflix

Opening Statement In a world where dolls are more than just playthings, Netflix's Black Barbie documentary stands out as a heartfelt exploration of representation, history, and the enduring legacy of one of the world's most iconic toys.

For Barbie fans, movie buffs, doll lovers, and toy enthusiasts, this film is a must-watch. Let's take a deep dive into why this documentary is worth every minute of your attention. Here is my movie review.

Discovering the Hidden Layers of Barbie The documentary by writer and director Lagueria Davis, begins with an engaging opening statement that pulls viewers into the story of Barbie's evolution. It examines how the doll has mirrored societal changes and the pressing need for diversity in toys. From the moment the first Barbie was released in 1959, it was clear that she would be more than a mere doll-she would become a cultural icon.

A Glimpse into Barbie's History One of the most fascinating aspects of Black Barbie is its detailed exploration of Barbie's history. Created by Ruth Handler, Barbie was initially introduced to fill a void in the toy market for an adult-looking doll that could inspire girls to dream big. Handler's vision was groundbreaking, and the documentary does an excellent job of showcasing her innovative spirit and the people she chose to surround herself with.

Ruth Handler's Visionary Leadership Ruth Handler's role in Barbie's creation is central to the documentary. Handler listened to her workforce (especially Beula Mae Mitchell), welcoming ideas and feedback that would shape Barbie's future. This open-minded approach allowed the brand to evolve and address changing societal norms and expectations, including the need for more diverse and representative dolls.

The Birth of Black Barbie by Kitty Black Perkins The introduction of Black Barbie was a significant milestone. Mattel hired Kitty Black Perkins to create the first Black Barbie. This documentary reveals the behind-the-scenes challenges and triumphs involved in making Barbie more inclusive. The film highlights the importance of representation and how a single doll can make a huge impact on young minds. The documentary included an insightful look at the work of Doctors Kenneth and Mamie Clark and "The Doll Test." This test essentially proved the psychological effects of segregation on African-American children. Black children preferred white dolls over Black dolls, even though they looked the same except for skin color.

Cultural Impact and Representation Black Barbie has had a profound cultural impact. The documentary dives into stories from individuals who saw themselves represented in Barbie for the first time. These personal anecdotes emphasize the importance of diversity in toys and how it can inspire self-confidence and pride in one's identity. I won't ruin it by telling you the names but I was pleasantly surprised to know of the people that had a Barbie in their own image.

Expert Curation and Insights Throughout the documentary produced by Shonda Rhimes (Shondaland), experts weigh in on the significance of Black Barbie. Historians, sociologists, and cultural critics offer their perspectives, making the film not just a visual treat but also a thought-provoking experience. Their insights add depth to the narrative, helping viewers understand the broader implications of Barbie's evolution.

Building a Community Among Barbie Lovers Black Barbie also fosters a sense of community among Barbie lovers. The film encourages discussions about representation, diversity, and the impact of toys on society. It brings together individuals who share a common love for Barbie and a desire to see more inclusive toys for future generations.

The Closing Argument Black Barbie on Netflix is more than just a documentary; it's a powerful statement about the importance of diversity and representation in toys. It sheds light on Barbie's history, Ruth Handler's visionary leadership, and the cultural impact of this iconic doll. The film is a testament to how far we've come and a reminder of the work still needed to ensure that every child sees themselves represented in their toys.

The Verdict In conclusion, Black Barbie is a must-watch for anyone interested in the history of toys, representation, cultural impact and of course, Barbie. The documentary receives a well-deserved 5 ? ? ? ? ? Batteries on our rating system from 1 to 5 Batteries from T he Battery Man.

This is a very good movie that not only entertains but also educates viewers on the significance of Barbie and the strides made toward inclusivity. I learned a lot about Barbie's history and how Ruth Handler was open to listening to her workers about what they wanted, shaping Barbie into the beloved icon she is today.

Don't miss out on this enlightening and heartwarming documentary. Tune into Netflix and watch Black Barbie to experience the magic for yourself.

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