Docu Series, Beneath My Skin Has Heart
Beneath My Skin, which stars CZAR, Jasmine, Myesha and Nymfo is definitely a film with an open door policy. While some say they will take you inside, or behind the scenes, and behind the veil, they do not always deliver. Beneath My Skin does. Intensely raw, unfiltered, and at times difficult to watch. This powerfully moving piece depicts the intimate lives of African American Lesbians and the often times harsh obstacles they face being black women, coping with a still taboo issue for some. The unmatched realism portrayed here speaks candidly to complications with family structuring, rejections, and other hardships they endure because some consider their lifestyle immoral. It is painfully clear that this film is essential in starting and continuing a dialogue with family, friends, and communities also. Society could benefit from the pure depth of emotions put on display here. Author N’Tyse who makes her directorial debut here, cut her teeth on a film that some still reject.
It is common knowledge that lines have been drawn in the sand when it comes to homosexuality. The subject matter incites extreme hatred, and causes the most compassionate people to abandon that character trait completely.
What makes this film so engaging is the urgent desperation these individuals show as they reveal to the audience that they simply want to be seen as people, and not labeled and discarded so unceremoniously. One of the more disturbing, yet recurring themes that remained a constant in this film was the disowning by loved ones. Some of these ladies, though they are positive, proactive members of their community still were victims of unabashed hatred. The film also brings to the forefront the discrimination not only endured in their personal lives, but also in the professional realm as well, and how it impacts their livelihood.
Entertaining is a word I would not use to describe, Beneath My Skin. It is more personal than that, and to refer to it as entertainment would detract from its message of tolerance. Informative and gut-wrenching, the film draws its energy on the misery of these four women who are obviously ostracized, by family, friends, and much of their community. More unsettling is how the maltreatment and overt judgment of these women by people in their inner circle trickled down to their children.
Tastefully done, The film excavates an emotion in viewers that might just allow them to see these people as human beings.
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