There’s something so specifically cute about father/child beauty moments. We stop everything and watch when a father and son play with makeup together. Photos of daddy/daughter hair-braiding classes leave us as puddles of emotional goo underneath our desks. And this photo of a father gently combing his daughter’s natural hair warmed our hearts. (We’re not crying, you’re crying.)
So this morning we all shared tissues and watched the Kickstarter video for Hair Love from filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry. According to Cherry, Hair Love “is a Pixar-style animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, Stephen, his daughter, Zuri and her hair.” Zuri’s mom usually does her hair, but Stephen steps up to the plait on the night of a big event. Of course, this presents some challenges to Stephen, but he works with Zuri to get everything just right.
The director states that he was inspired in part by cute YouTube videos of fathers tackling their girls’ natural hair, but also because of “a lack of representation in mainstream animated projects.” He hopes to empower young people of color and teach them to love their hair.
Cherry and codirector Jason Marino have set up a Kickstarter to help with production funds. Their goal is to raise $75,000 by Aug. 9. If you’d like to contribute, or just watch the video over and over again like we plan to do for the rest of the day, the crew is offering some fun incentives like a Hair Love pin and children’s book.