While many of us had white dolls (they were widely available after all), some of us opted to have black dolls. Perhaps we wanted to play with a toy that looked like us, or maybe our parents were tired of seeing us ogle over a doll with white skin. Either way, for many of us, choosing black dolls was personal and political.
A new film by Samantha Knowles delves deeper into the world of black dolls. The film, aptly titled “Why Do You Have Black Dolls?” takes a look at avid collectors and what prompts them to buy black dolls.
According to the official synopsis, the film was, “inspired by a question asked of an 8-year old girl. It explores the history, the beauty, and the pride that is the black doll. Through its characters, a little-known community of black doll enthusiasts, it reveals that the black doll is more than a plaything; it is a cultural artifact that represents the history of the people it depicts.”