About “Black Girl, Bleu”

“Black Girl, Bleu” is a short documentary that features interviews with Black women who have or are currently experiencing a mental health crisis; conversations with therapists regarding the particular mental health challenges black women face; and resources to cultivate healing and self-love.

The “Strong Black Woman” stereotype, among others, has created a cloud of shame, hopelessness and fear surrounding mental health to the point where it seems like the only option Black women have is to suffer in silence rather than seek the healing we so desperately need and desire. I know, because I have been here many times before.

It’s often difficult for the people around us to see that we are suffering when we are smiling, being promoted at work, making moves in our businesses or “balancing” our careers, families and love lives. It can be hard to make sense of depression, anxiety or an eating disorder when we are deemed “successful” in others’ eyes.

Through this documentary, we will deconstruct the stigmas surrounding mental health; encourage those around us to realize that mental health illness does not “look” any particular way; create a safe, loving space for Black women to share their truth; and help Black women experiencing the same challenges see that they are not alone and healing is possible. We also want Black women to know that they matter, their pain matters and they are loved.

The mission, with this project and others, is to tell stories where Black women and girls exist as full human beings on screen and feel seen, heard, loved and affirmed beyond the screen.

Watch the film’s official and teaser trailers below:

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What people are saying:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Wow! I’m in tears. The world needs this. It will break cycles!’

Licensed Therapist

‘It’s beautiful. Cinematic. A vast range of stories are told, and they are woven together perfectly.’

Filmmaker

‘It’s breathtaking. This was absolutely amazing. I’m left speechless.’

Survivor

‘It’s so moving, relevant, relatable and touching. It centers dynamic women and helps to humanize the ways Black women see themselves in the context of mental health. It makes it feel like we don’t have to be so alone.’

Healer + Wellness Consultant

‘This film is critical. What’s poignant about it is that it shows that while Black women save the world, we need people to treat us as human beings. We break down, too.’

Advocate + Organizer

About Sharee Silerio

Founder, CEO + Executive Producer

11 Stars Studios

Sharee Silerio is a St. Louis-born, raised and based writer, director and producer focused on telling stories where Black women + girls exist as full human beings on screen and feel seen, heard, loved and affirmed beyond the screen.

She recently completed her fourth short documentary Black Girl, Bleu, a conversation with Black women about the Strong Black Woman myth and how it impacts the mental health challenges they’ve been through, face and have overcome.

Next, she is co-writing a scripted limited series about a Black female hidden figure from the Black beauty industry.

In 2018, her short documentary The Mountains That Made Me was selected for the 18th Annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase plus invited to screen at the 27th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival as part of the Doc Shorts: Black Voices program.

Other projects she has worked on include Rhythm + Flow, a Netflix original series starring Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I.; The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon, a docuseries on the Oxygen network; season three of Kevin Hart’s television series Hart of the City on Comedy Central; a reality TV series on MTV; and The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital, a documentary about the birth and demise of St. Louis’ Black hospital and state-of-the-art medical training program.

Before becoming a director and filmmaker, Sharee worked as a production assistant and helped launch and produce two entertainment television programs for STL TV and executive produced and/or produced a digital series, narrative short, teen talk show, documentary feature and more for other networks and independent creators.

She also received a master’s degree in media communications from Webster University in St. Louis, MO as well as a bachelor’s in communication and film studies certificate from St. Louis University.

To learn more about Sharee and to view her body of work, visit shareesilerio.com.

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