Exclusive Look: Dark Girls Documentary

Controversial film looks at prejudice against dark-skinned women.

Posted: 08/06/2013 10:15 AM EDT

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the society one grows up in can greatly impact what they consider beautiful. Dark Girls, a fascinating and controversial documentary, explores the prejudices dark-skinned women face throughout the world.

The film goes beneath the surface to look at the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.

Dark Girls, which made a splash at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, also examines positive role models for dark-skinned girls such as Michelle Obama and Viola Davis.

See below for an exclusive look at the trailer for Dark Girls, which comes out on DVD September 24.

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