New Feature Documentary - 'Afraid Of Dark' - Examines "Why Everyone Is Afraid Of Black Men" (Fundraising)
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New Feature Documentary - 'Afraid Of Dark' - Examines "Why Everyone Is Afraid Of Black Men" (Fundraising)


Sometimes when you’re a filmmaker it takes so long to

make a film, that you wonder if it still will be relevant, or if anyone will care

about it, once it’s finally finished.

Well, according to Brooklyn-based filmmaker Mya B, speaking on her new documentary feature film, Afraid of Dark, she, in fact, wondered just that about her film, or, as

she says, when she started the project she had “no idea that it would be more

relevant now than ever, and that it would take shape the way it did. I pray that it wakes up the masses not only

in our community, but in others as well. 

Exploring the

history of two of the most prevalent stereotypes of black men – the “Mandingo” and the “brute” Mya B’s documentary breakdowns scientific racism,” examining how many black men “have been affected by those particular

stereotypes throughout history, and how the subconscious belief in them have

contributed to violence and the incarceration of black men at disturbing rates.

In the film, she also includes candid interviews and

commentary from 3 generations of

black men in her family who demystify those stereotypes. 

But Mya B says that she felt that she had to make the

film because: “I

wanted to analyze the damaging stereotypes of black men which has led to them

being murdered and criminalized.  I also

wanted black men to receive their glory outside of all the bad things you hear

in the media and profile the amazing black men I know and who are in our

communities.  More importantly I wanted

people to never forget those black youth and men who never got justice in death

by honoring them in the film to keep them alive in our memories.

The film is set to tour the film festival circuit this

year, so keep an eye out for it.

And to help see it through completion, the filmmaker set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000. She’s raised about half of it with a few days left to go in the campaign. Watch a trailer for the film below, and then head over to the project’s Kickstarter page to make a contribution.

Kickstarter page HERE (or click in widget underneath the trailer):

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