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Published on Dec 9, 2014
BEARD CLUB is an hour long documentary examining the social politics of facial hair.
Filmmaker Laura J. Lukitsch never noticed men’s facial hair. That is until she ran into a busload of Germans competing in a World Beard and Mustache Competition. This chance encounter sent first-time documentary maker Lukitsch and her camera on an unexpected five-year journey into the world of barbershops, bathrooms, pubs, and various male meeting places. In the process she discovered that the decision to shave or not to shave is not so private or individual as she originally thought.
Weaving together found footage, animation, personal narration, and interviews with both men and women, she takes a hard but humorous look at the serious subjects of stereotyping, prejudice, freedom, and self-expression that are linked to facial hair.
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