“Darkie Day” film on blackface coming soon from Guerilla Films

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Filmmaker Michael Jenkins is hoping to release his documentary “Darkie Day” after having joined forces with Guerilla Films. He began making the documentary following a trip to Padstow, Cornwall in 2014 where he encountered the annual Mummers’ Day festival, also known as “Darkie Day”.

An article on the Black British Academics website reported that:

“The documentary will focus on the history of blackface in popular culture from the US, including the Black and White Minstrel show and the Golliwog phenomenon and will examine the history of White actors blacking up to play Shakespeare’s Othello.

It will also look at Blackface festivals outside the UK in Netherlands, Spain and South Africa and the Belgium tradition of selling cakes called ‘Nigger Tits’.”

The film will also feature the poem: In Critique of Blackface and Institutional Indifference to Racism by Dr. Deborah Gabriel.

Guerilla Films is currently attempting to raise funding for this endeavour. If you’d like to show your support for this timely project, you can find out more here.

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