Hue: A Matter of Colour

Hue: A Matter of Colour

                                Hue: A Matter of Colour
| 1 h 25 min
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This feature documentary by renowned director and cinematographer Vic Sarin is a personal yet global investigation into the history and current state of colourism: the discrimination within one ethnicity based on differences in skin tone. Sarin travels the globe to discuss this complex cross-cultural social issue with individuals whose lives it affects, including a Filipina entrepreneur whose business has flourished within the billion-dollar skin-whitening industry. Hue leads viewers on a thoughtful and surprising journey to the heart of a painful and pervasive social issue that not only polices appearance, but also class, gender, and geography.

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  • writer
    Vic Sarin
  • director
    Vic Sarin
  • producer
    Tina Pehme
    Kim C. Roberts
    Selwyn Jacob
  • executive producer
    Tracey Friesen
  • featuring
    Gilberto Gil
    Rose Girard
    Joyce Gladwell
    Faith Linton
    Corin Mathews
    Vicky Ntetema
    Elvie Pineda
    Rachel Lobangco
    Renato Lourenço
    Tina Pehme
    Lani Santos
    Jaden Sarin
    Jasmine Sarin
    Maya Sarin
    Vic Sarin
  • co-producer
    Dawn Brett
  • cinematographer
    Vic Sarin
  • editor
    Austin Andrews
  • composer
    John Welsman
  • camera operator
    Austin Andrews
    Andrew Coppin
    Steven Denault
    Brent Hodge
    Andy Holmes
    Richard Mbuthia
    Dermot Shane
    Vic Sarin
  • story consultant
    Dawn Brett
  • researcher
    Dawn Brett
  • archival research
    Found Images Research
  • re-recording mixer
    Paul Sharpe
    Iain Pattison
  • sound supervisor
    Kirby Jinnah
  • sound editor
    Ryan Schaad
    Ryan Thompson
    Bill Mellow
    Chris Gilling
    Kelly Cole
    Matt Dawson
    Kevin Belen
    Laurie Melhus
  • featuring
    Sapna Abraham
    Eva Abrahams
    Gerome Abrahams
    Kavita Emmanuel
    Adika Ferdinand

  • friendoforganic

    Good introduction to the idea of colourism and its' impact and cost for some as the director reveals his own challenges with the topic.

    friendoforganic, 28 Nov 2017
  • brainmatters

    I enjoyed the film although as an anthropologist I was already very familiar with the topic. As a memoir of self-examination I applaud Sarin’s effort, but the topic would benefit from more data and less anecdote. The woman in the Philippines is troubled by more than her (original) colour. Mental health comes into this issue in some ways. No, I do not mean that people who perceive psychological damage from colourism are “crazy”, just that people are affected differently by childhood experiences, and while many are left deeply scarred, others do well. This is where data would be helpful. The Philippina woman doesn’t seem much better for all her cosmetic changes (and they are not limited to lightening her skin) as is the case with many who are addicted to cosmetic surgery. I am not at all denying the damage resulting from colourism, but I’m not so sure the film tells the whole story.

    brainmatters, 28 Dec 2014
  • jrex

    While the personal stories in this film are incredibly moving and compelling, I do not feel that the film did much justice to these individual experiences. Overall the film was messy mostly because of the disconnect of all the interviewees and the awkward juxtaposition with the director's family vacation to Brazil. This is an incredibly important issue for many people of color, and I feel the film was designed more as an exposé of sensationalist stories for white folks instead of an empathetic effort to start dialogue among and between communities of color about the nuances of this prejudice, the forms it takes, and what has caused its continuous perpetuation. The personal is political!

    jrex, 7 Feb 2014