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Being Black in Halifax: My Type of Hair tells the origin of Black Beauty and the struggles of Black women to keep their natural hair

Juliet Mawusi's My Type Of Hair plays as part of the Being Black series of shorts at this year's Halifax Black Film Festival.

Playing as part of the Being Black series of shorts at this year’s Halifax Black Film Festival, Halifax filmmaker Juliet Mawusi’s My Type Of Hair tells the origin of Black Beauty, the struggles since slavery and after for Black women to keep their natural hair, and even to find the right products for their hair type.

I hope my audience gets informed, entertained and educated about this social issue. – Juliet Mawusi

My Type of Hair screens with other film shorts in the Being Black series from Halifax and Montreal filmmakers on February 25 at Cineplex Park Lane (5657 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax). Visit halifaxblackfilm.com for tickets and information.

In this Q&A with Mawusi, we find out more.

This interview has been edited.

Tell us about your film short. What can audiences expect?

My Type of Hair is about the origin of Black beauty and why it has always been a struggle for black women to keep their natural hair.

How did you find the story/what was your inspiration for the film?

Halifax filmmaker Juliet Mawusi explores the origin of Black Beauty and the struggles of Black women to keep their natural hair.
Halifax filmmaker Juliet Mawusi explores the origin of Black Beauty and the struggles of Black women to keep their natural hair.

I come from a generation of hair stylists, so when I arrived here, and I couldn’t find somebody to do my hair, it was odd to me. Every salon I entered at that time didn’t have a clue about how to do my type of hair.

Why this particular film now?

I want to educate the public about this issue.

What was your biggest challenge in making the film?

I will say time. I had a limited time to produce this piece.

What will surprise audiences about your film?

This film is not made like other Black beauty films; there is a twist about it.

What do you hope audiences walk away talking or thinking about after seeing the film?

I hope my audience gets informed, entertained and educated about this social issue.

What’s next for Juliet?

A lot! I want it to be a surprise to the public.

My Type of Hair screens with other film shorts in the Being Black series from Halifax and Montreal filmmakers on February 25 at Cineplex Park Lane (5657 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax). Visit halifaxblackfilm.com for tickets and information.

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