Amandla Stenberg should be a name that everyone is familiar with, not merely because she appeared on The Hunger Games, but because she’s a formidable teen. If you have yet to be acquainted with the phenomenon that is Amandla Stenberg, just watch her searing video called Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows where she expounds upon the appropriation of black culture via black hairstyles. Since then, Amandla was honoured at BET’s Black Girls Rock alongside the late Gladys Knight, Shonda Rimes, and Rihanna, as well as hanging out with the likes of Oprah Winfrey.
Blue Girls Burn Fast is Amandla’s submission to the prestigious directing course at NYU, in which it was written, produced, shot, edited, and of course, directed by her. The film centres on a foster teenager with a flaming hot Cheetos addiction who forms a bond with a mysterious neighbour who coaxes her from her hardened cynicism. The film wittily includes Amandla’s rhetoric of black culture appropriation and patriarchy, but also the normal confusion of emotions a teenager would experience.
Watch the short film below:
Watch Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows below: