Nancy’s Workshop

Synopsis

One Sunday a month, natural hair specialist Nancy Falaise closes the doors of her Montreal salon to lead a private workshop for young girls of colour struggling to love their natural hair. Step-by-step, she teaches them how to wash, detangle, style and care for their respective hair textures, and creates a safe space for them to bond over their shared experiences and forge meaningful friendships.

A lot can be gleaned from the relationship between these girls and their hair; this extension of their body, which they’ve struggled to accept, is the entry point for them to unpack, negotiate and recognize their perceived difference from their peers and confront issues of self-image and identity closely tied to race.

We get to know these girls as unique individuals with vastly different interests, ambitions and personalities, but all connected by a common thread. Their stories are all at once heartbreaking and hope-making, as we watch their self-perception and confidence evolve over the course of a single Sunday afternoon. As much as the film is an invitation to observe Nancy and these girls’ journey, it is also a testament to the immeasurable value derived from strong and empowering female relationships. What a difference a day makes.

Runtime

19:40

Nominations

Documentary Social/Political, Multicultural (Under 30 Minutes)

Creative Team

Director(s)

Aïcha Diop

Producer(s)

Christina Carvalho, Aïcha Diop, Charles Officer, Jake Yanowski

Writer(s)

Aïcha Diop

Production Company

Canesugar Filmworks

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