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Hue: A Matter of Colour (Short Version)

2013 57 min
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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.

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Hue: A Matter of Colour (Short Version)

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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.
This work deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.
  • director
    Vic Sarin
  • writer
    Vic Sarin
  • executive producer
    Tracey Friesen
  • co-producer
    Dawn Brett
  • producer
    Tina Pehme
    Kim C. Roberts
    Selwyn Jacob

Education

Ages 16 to 18
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.