[Click play to hear our interview w/ Francesca Andre – November 1, 2017]

Director Francesca Andre explores colorism in the African-American communityThis week we had photographer and film director Francesca Andre on the phone for a brief chat about her new film Charcoal which is currently gaining accolades and awards at many US and International film festivals. Charcoal tells the stories of two black women who endure a barrage of social messages surrounding colorism that erode their self-worth and self-esteem. Yet through the pain they take their power back, fully embracing their dark complexion and stopping the cycle of self-hatred. It’s a powerful message about a subject that gets all-too-little attention. You can view the film’s trailer below.

Francesca is a photographer as well, with a bachelor from Fairfield University and a masters in film and television from Sacred Heart University. Her work has been published in the New York Post, New York Daily News, News Day, CT Voice, Stamford Advocate, Daily Mail, AOL Patch, Arise magazine, She Caribbean, Sheen Magazine,  Afropunk, Heed Magazine, Westport Magazine, Fairfield Living Magazine, Ellements Magazine and Global Voices just to name a few.  It was a pleasure to get Francesca on the phone and we look forward to Charcoal coming to the DC area soon! You listening AFI?