About “Black Girl, Bleu”
“Black Girl, Bleu” is a short documentary featuring 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 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: