Kiri Laurelle Davis is an African-American filmmaker based in New York City. Her first documentary, A Girl Like Me (2005), made while enrolled at Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, has received significant news coverage.
Kiri Davis' mother, an education consultant, raised her daughter to be proud of her race and color. After completing her high school education two years after making her award-winning documentary, Davis was due to matriculate at Howard University, a historically black university in Washington DC for the fall 2007 semester.
When aged just 16 and a student at the Urban Academy, Davis became interested in Brown v. Board of Education, and also Kenneth and Mamie Clark's groundbreaking study of color preferences among young black children. She repeated the Clark study and asked children to choose between two dolls: a light-skinned one and a dark-skinned one. Fifteen out of the twenty-one children preferred the lighter-skinned doll when asked to pick "the nice doll."
The documentary that resulted includes selections from her repeat study and interviews with friends who talk about the importance of color, hair quality, and facial features for young black women today in the United States.
- Tribeca Film Festival
- The 6th Annual Media That Matters.
- Silverdocs: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival
- Winner of The Diversity Award at the 6th Annual Media That Matters film festival
- Kiri Davis' Official Website
- Kiri Davis Biography at Media That Matters
- New 'Doll Test' Produces Ugly Results, August 16, 2006 Baltimore Times.
- African-American Images: The New Doll Test, October 2, 2006 on Talk of the Nation, NPR.