The Little Mermaid Perth Private Screening: Journey Beyond Under The Sea Celebrating Representation and Father-Daughter Relationships

Embark on a journey beyond under the sea and explore the powerful bond between fathers and daughters in Disney’s The Little Mermaid! Disney’s The Little Mermaid has been a beloved classic since its release in 1989. The story of Ariel, a curious and determined mermaid who falls in love with a human prince, has captured the hearts of millions. Now, with the upcoming release of the live-action film in Australia , the story is taking on a new significance for young women, particularly the representation of Halle Bailey a Women Of Colour with dreadlocks  as Ariel! On May 27 2023 we are hosting our family friendly private screening of Disney’s Little Mermaid in Perth at Palace Cinema’s Perth CBD!

The impact of positive male role models on young women’s lives

The relationship between Ariel and her father, King Triton, serves as a perfect example of the impact positive male role models can have on young women’s lives. It’s a bond that transcends differences and is built on love, respect, and unwavering support.

Despite the challenges Ariel faces in their relationship, King Triton is always there to offer encouragement and instill the confidence to pursue her dreams, even when it goes against ‘societal underwater norms’ . Their relationship reminds us of the importance of positive male role models, particularly fathers, in young women’s lives. When fathers take an active interest in their daughters’ lives and offer support and encouragement, they can help build their self-esteem and self-acceptance.

This message is especially important for First Nations and young Women Of Colour, who often face societal barriers that undermine their self-esteem and self-confidence. The Little Mermaid’s portrayal of a positive father-daughter relationship affirms the notion that representation matters. Seeing themselves represented on screen can be incredibly empowering, helping them feel seen, heard, and valued in a world that often undermines their worth.

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Representation matters, especially for First Nations and young Women Of Colour

The significance of representation is not lost in the upcoming live-action film, where the role of Ariel will be played by Halle Bailey, a young Woman Of Colour. This casting choice has been met with both praise and criticism, but it highlights the importance of representation in media for young women of colour. To inspire young women and girls from marginalised communities to pursue their dreams, breaking societal barriers To Be The Disney Princess They Want to See in the World.

But we don’t just want to talk about it; we want to create a safe space where we can celebrate it. Our Private Screening of The Little Mermaid aims to highlight the significance of fathers and father figures in young women and girls’ lives. After the screening, we will hold a crowning ceremony for all young women and girls attending, allowing father figures and girl dads to affirm and empower them and remind them that they are beautiful and crowned. We aim to promote self-confidence and self-acceptance, encouraging young women and girls to pursue their dreams while embracing their cultural heritage to ‘Be The Disney Princess They Want to See in the World’.

Empowering young women and girls to feel proud and confident in their own skin and hair

Halle Bailey wearing dreadlocks is an act of resistance against societal norms and expectations. Dreadlocks have been a source of controversy and discrimination for Black and  People Of Colour for centuries. They have been deemed “unprofessional” and “unacceptable” in many work and school settings, resulting in discrimination and ostracism for wearing them. By portraying Ariel with dreadlocks, Disney is challenging these damaging and oppressive beauty standards and making a bold statement of inclusivity and acceptance.

Halle Bailey’s dreadlocks in The Little Mermaid is an example of how media can play a role in promoting and normalising diversity. By featuring a Black Disney princess with dreadlocks, Disney is sending a message to young viewers that there’s nothing wrong with embracing one’s cultural heritage, including their hair. It’s an opportunity to educate and raise awareness about the importance of embracing diversity and inclusivity, while also empowering young girls and women of color to feel proud and confident in their own skin.

Giving back through the ‘Sis You Are Crowned’ Ethnic Hair Care Donation Drive

And it’s not just an afternoon of celebration; it’s an opportunity to give back. Proceeds will be donated to the ‘Sis You Are Crowned’ Ethnic Hair Care Drive, providing essential hair care products to children in care and women in shelters. Skin and hair care products for First Nations, Black, and Women Of Colour crowned with coils and curls are often overlooked. We aim to close the gap by collecting donations for inclusive hair care products that cater to Sisters.

The Little Mermaid is more than just a fairy tale; it’s a story with real-world significance.

In conclusion, The Little Mermaid is more than just a fairy tale; it’s a story with real-world significance. It’s a reminder that positive male role models can shape young women’s lives, and representation matters. Let’s celebrate this new era of representation and remind young women to be the Disney princess they want to see in the world. Join us for our private screening of The Little Mermaid and let’s create a community that affirms and empowers young women and girls.

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Nicholah Wasarirevu CEO/Founder of Sisters Healing Space
Author: Nicholah Wasarirevu CEO/Founder of Sisters Healing Space

Nicholah is a highly experienced Black African Social Worker, Therapist, and Mental Health Clinician who is also currently pursuing a PhD. Her research is focused on decolonising mental health practices and examining the impact of racial trauma. With more than five years of experience in the human services and mental health sector, Nicholah recognised the lack of culturally safe and affirming healing and wellness spaces for First Nations, Black and Women of Colour. In response, she founded Sisters Healing Space in 2020. Sisters Healing Space is a nationwide therapist and wellness directory and mental well service platform dedicated to promoting healing and wellness for Sisters’ of all ages. Its mission is to provide access to culturally safe and affirming services, destigmatise mental health within the community and promote generational healing.