Combine business and pleasure while getting the message across. Driven by the power of this principle, Emily Spiville Hortense, 23, has made a documentary on the representation of curly-haired people in the audiovisual landscape of Mauritius.
Hairstylist in her spare time, herself a fan of braids, Emily Spiville Hortense, a Bambus resident born to Rodrigues parents, chose the subject as a graduation project as part of her journalism degree at the University of Mauritius.
“The issue of curly hair touched me because those who have an afro hairstyle or who have braids are often the victims of derogatory remarks. It is also common for Creoles to be asked if they intend to downsize their hairstyle if they are recruited during a job interview. Others are certainly invited to do so. Women tend to straighten or straighten their hair and then do a bun before the interview‘ says the young woman.
Among other things, she brought in Giovanni Merle, a former messenger from the Embassy of Mauritius in the United States who was asked to get rid of his braids five years ago. “I had difficulties making this documentary. Many people agreed at first and later changed their minds.Emily Spiville Hortense explains.
“Personally, I used to straighten my hair. We Creole girls have been subconsciously conditioned to straighten our hair. Dan Moein Fami, Ina Gran Damon Ki Der No Damon Ki Ina Bon Sevi. Inna can say bizin comb li,“Says. His documentary begins with derogatory remarks about curly hair, like a “mop latte” or a mop-like head. Even those from “Seve felt pi”.
One of the speakers, singer Virginie Gaspard, laments the image of the Creole conveyed in the media. Lecturer Kimberly Oxed also explains that there is a tendency to question the professionalism of someone with curly hair, braids, or braids. Designer, Gabriel Freud and former model Anne-Liz Papillon, however, welcome that customs are changing, particularly thanks to black movements around the world.