This feature documentary by renowned director and cinematographer Vic Sarin is a personal yet global investigation into the history and current state of colourism: the discrimination within one ethnicity based on differences in skin tone. Sarin travels the globe to discuss this complex cross-cultural social issue with individuals whose lives it affects, including a Filipina entrepreneur whose business has flourished within the billion-dollar skin-whitening industry. Hue leads viewers on a thoughtful and surprising journey to the heart of a painful and pervasive social issue that not only polices appearance, but also class, gender, and geography.
Ages 16 to 18
Diversity - Diversity in Communities
Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
Health/Personal Development - Identity
Social Studies - Development/Global Issues
Hue is an examination of social norms and self-identity. Discuss the filmmaker’s personal interest in the topic (4:30). Race and culture often combine to create new obligations; how are we all “pretending” as we learn new traditions (44:00)? What does it mean to be a “walking advertisement”? How would it feel (69:00)? Research the Dark Is Beautiful organization online. Research body-image issues that are problematic in different areas of the world.