I Be Done I Was Is
TitleI Be Done I Was Is
DirectorDebra Robinson
Format16mm, Vhs video, Umatic video
DescriptionThe comedy industry has always put women and Black people in the firing line - which makes I BE DONE BEEN WAS IS all the more important. This fascinating and informative documentary looks at the lives and work of four contemporary African American comediennes. Using a combination of live performance, candid interviews, historical background and archive footage, a vivid picture of the comedy industry and how it relates to Black women is built up. The four comediennes tell of their fight to break into this very tough side of the entertainment industry with enthusiasm and vigour. What emerges is a funny yet biting comment on male values, white society and the role of comedy in society and culture.