The Black barbershop is a sanctuary. It is Saturday morning’s babysitter and Saturday night’s self esteem. The relationship between Black barbers and their clients is an intimate one, which makes the barbershop a safe haven for talking sports, talking politics, talking women, and talking shit. With Grammy-nominated, Durham-native Phonte Coleman at the helm, THE FIRST CUT documents the long-awaited, post-covid reunion of barbers and clients, celebrating the importance of barbershops in the Black community.

Director | Shirlette Ammons