For the love of hair!
In a heartwarming tale of the beautiful relationship between a father and his daughter, 'Hair Love' is one of the sweetest movies made in 2019. Written and directed by former NFL player Matthew A. Cherry, it depicts the story of a man trying to learn how to do his daughter's hair for the first time. Earlier, the film got the first funding through a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 and was co-produced by Karen Rupert Toliver. A children's book version of the story was also released in May 2019, with illustrations by Vashti Harrison.
The story struck hard and won the 2020 Oscars for the Best Animated Short Film of 2019. Toliver said while accepting the Oscar: "It was a labor of love… because we have a firm belief that representation matters deeply, especially in cartoons because in cartoons that’s when we first see our movies."
Matthew A. Cherry added that he wrote Hair Love “because…we wanted to normalize Black hair.” New York and California have already passed laws that prevent discrimination based on natural hairstyles and he also used the platform to urge other states to pass the CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace) Act, that seeks the same.
In a statement of solidarity, the cast also invited DeAndre Arnold to the Oscars following his story where the teenager was asked by his school to choose between his dreadlocks and the opportunity to walk in his graduation.