Black History Studies in association with The New Black Film Collective screened the premiere of ‘Pass the Comb’ along with the 1 year anniversary screening of ‘Kickin’ It With the Kinks’ on Monday 27th May 2013 at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton.
PASS THE COMB is a short film telling the story of a young brother in conflict and his older sisters calming influence using the cultural tradition of braiding hair. With each stroke of the comb, the pressure reduces as brother reveals and releases his stress and frustrations. Each completed corn row demonstrates the benefit of sisters ‘hair therapy’, words of wisdom and advice which help brother find his way out of his frustrations. But how did sister get so wise? And is she really the picture of innocence she portrays?
Pass the Comb is part of CHANGE THE STEREO, an initiative born out of a need to create art through the medium of film and theatre to tell stories you wouldn’t necessarily see about ‘Urban youth’ as they are so often labelled. With Pass the Comb we are portraying layers and diversity through alternative lenses.
KICKIN’ IT WITH THE KINKS began as Cynthia Butare’s self-funded university project at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Department of Information and Communications where it received Best Documentary Prize. Cynthia was deeply moved to explore the subject further with the help of her friend Mundia Situmbeko, blogger and co-founder of blackgirlflow.
More than a project, it was now an urgent quest to study and share the thought-provoking emotional and physical realities and complexities of hair care for black women, its roots in slavery and colonization, and ultimately to ask the question, ‘what is the true meaning of beauty?’ The journey has not only inspired Cynthia and Mundia to gain incredible insights but also gave them strength to embrace their own beauty and spearhead an intensive drive to involve other fellow women to do the same. Indulge in this journey of self-realization and merge with the confidence to embrace your true and unique identity… ”
Tickets for the screening were sold out a few days before the screening which was amazing as I would like the community to support independent films made by us telling our story.
After the screening we had a short Q&A with Abi Lawal and Duval Akonor of Pass the Comb, the director of Kickin It with the Kinks Cynthia Butare and special guest Ansylla Ramsey, the owner of My Hairitage Holistic Hair Care Salon in Clinton, Maryland.
Watch the video below of the Q&A