The San Diego Premiere of "Black Barbie" is set for Saturday, Nov. 11, with a 12:30 p.m. pre-party and the show at 1 p.m. at Village Theatre, 820 Orange Ave. Photo courtesy of Coronado Island Film Festival.

The Coronado Island Film Festival will host the San Diego premiere of “Black Barbie” from Netflix and Shondaland on Nov. 11 at the Village Theatre, 820 Orange Ave.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m., with welcoming remarks and the screening a half hour later.

Directed by Lagueria Davis, “Black Barbie” explores the impact of three Black women at Mattel responsible for the Black Barbie debut in 1980: Beulah Mae Mitchell, Kitty Black Perkins, and Stacey McBride Irby.

Through insider interviews and charismatic retellings of what went down at Mattel in the days leading up to Black Barbie’s debut, the documentary examines the importance of true representation — and how dolls aren’t just dolls, but childhood symbols that can be crucial to identity formation and imagination, according to the film festival.

“Black Barbie” is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers for Shondaland,
Grace Lay and Sumalee Montano for LinLay Productions, Camilla Hall for Lady & Bird Films, as well as Milan Chakraborty and Jyoti Sarda.

The film festival launched in 2016 by Founder and Chair Doug St. Denis and now
led by CEO & Artistic Director Merridee Book.

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