Hue is a personal, heartfelt investigation into the history and often-tragic effects of colourism—the phenomenon whereby people within the same ethnic group discriminate against each other based on differences in skin tone. Director Vic Sarin confronts his own struggles with colourism as he examines the past, present and future impacts of this cross-cultural social issue – including how colourism fuels a billion-dollar skin-whitening industry in Asia, affects a darker-skinned bride’s chances of finding love in India, and has an entire minority group in Africa living in fear for their lives. An intimate-yet-global portrait of difference painted by one of Canada’s master cinematographers, Hue is a thoughtful and surprising journey to the heart of an insidious social issue that’s anything but black and white.
A feature documentary co-produced by CBC and the National Film Board of Canada, Hue premiered at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival.
In addition to editing the film, Austin also shot its Brazilian and Tanzanian stories.
DIRECTED BY // Vic Sarin
PRODUCED BY // Tina Pehme, Kim Roberts, Selwyn Jacob
EDITED BY // Austin Andrews
PROJECT PARTNERS // National Film Board of Canada, CBC, Documentary Channel, Canadian Media Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund