Society Vs Beauty : A Girl Like Me, The Director Of The Film

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Society vs Beauty Many of us are faced with the idea that we will never be able to live up to society 's expectations. That no matter what we do as human beings, nothing will ever be perfect to society. In the short documentary film “A Girl Like Me,” the director of the film examines the importance of color of skin, hair and facial features for young African American women. The director 's purpose was to empower the women and let them know they can overcome these false stereotypes. The film starts by including some of the most common misconceptions and stereotypes of African American women, naming a few were, loud, ghetto, and obnoxious. These stereotypes caused a buildup of anger and insecurities that these young women think they are forced to live with. As we are introduced to four young women of color, the film builds its credibility by including personal experiences faced by these women that adds their beliefs and concerns. As stated by Wahida, “Were this way, were that way, and a lot of time we have to prove that isn’t true.” The Director’s argument is broadly directed to one particular audience and fails to include perceptual views from the white community. That ultimately weakened the film’s argument to give the audience further “evidence” of support for the argument presented. Being that the director of the documentary, Kiri Davis is a African American teen herself, strengthens her credibility and adds appeal to ethos, that also helps to build her argument.

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