New Movie ‘Charcoal’ by Haitian Director Francesca Andre Tackles Colorism

Here’s the official trailer for Charcoal, a short film written and directed by Haitian movie director and writer Francesca Andre.

Charcoal which was created and directed by Francesca Andre, has been nominated for various awards including People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, and has already won for Best Short at Film Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, a Visionary Award at Crystal Ship Mini Indie Film Festival, and a Juror’s certificate at the Women of African Descent Film Festival.

Charcoal captures the parallel stories of two black women and their lifelong journey to overcome internalized colorism, find self-acceptance and ultimately redemption.

When I was growing up back home in Haiti, people used to say that my father was very ugly. Then when I came to America, he always got compliments from different people. Whenever I would say, ‘this is my father’ people would say, ‘oh my gosh, he’s very handsome’, then I realized the reason they said he was ugly is because he was dark skin. -Francesca Andre

Charcoal movie credits

Director: Francesca Andre
Writer: Francesca Andre
Stars: Lorry Francois, Chengusoyane Kargbo, Heather Smith