Harlem filmmaker aims to un-lock complexities of black women's hair

A first-time Harlem filmmaker is calling on all women of color to go with the ’fro.

Rhadamés Julián is working on a hybrid-documentary to untangle the experiences women have had with chemical relaxers, perms and other processes to change the look and texture of their locks.

“I want my film to make people think,” he said. “What I’m saying is, Hey, take a leap of faith and go back to your natural state, and see what happens.”

Julián and his four-person team began working on the project in March. In the film, titled “Follicle: People of color, identity and the barriers that lie in between,” he interviews women from South Africa and the U.S.

So far, Julián has raised $4,000, but he needs at least $350,000 to see the project through.

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