Justin Simien’s ‘Bad Hair’ is a Tribute to Exploited Black Women Everywhere, Director Says

Variety | 1/24/2020 | Matt Donnelly
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Deeply personal but indulgently campy, Justin Simien’s Sundance opener “Bad Hair” is a genre-blending horror show that the director said serves as a tribute to the struggles of black women.

The mind behind “Dear White People” staged the world premiere for the project at Park City’s Ray Theater on Thursday night, before a cast that included newcomer and lead Elle Lorraine, Lena Waithe, and Kelly Rowland.

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“I made this movie with one group in mind — black women,” Simien said, adding his hope was to “interrogate a system obsessed with black culture but one that doesn’t give a **** about black lives.”

Lorraine plays Anna, a hopeful on-air host stuck at the assistant level at a stagnating cable network in 1989. The channel’s programming skews authentically African American, until an evil white executive (James Van Der Beek) sees the pending hip-hip revolution about to saturate pop culture and shakes things up. Anna, stricken with a devastating scar from an encounter with drug store hair relaxer as a child, finds she cannot climb the ladder without assuming the aesthetic that the period requires of her.

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Caving to peer pressure, she submits to getting a weave — sewn in hair-pieces that would become a beauty standard in the ’90s. The benefits are immediate, but Anna soon realizes her new hair comes at a...
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