The film begins with the discovery 40,000 years from now of the Barbie doll from the ruins of the present day. What will our descendents read of our cultural imaginary from this single artifact? I, Doll brings that task to the present, placing the eleven and a half inch high Barbie worshippers, children playing with Barbies, Barbie collectors, former models who were obsessed with Barbie’s figure, and performers who incorporate Barbie in their acts, the film ruminates on both the tender and critical attitudes that we have for this modern icon in all of its forms.
The film is an amusing documentary – the biography of a doll, which gives anecdotal facts about Barbie such as the fact that her boyfriend Ken has no penis or that the number of Barbie dolls in the States exceeds that of the U.S. population. The film leaves us pondering that question, ‘Are we imitating Barbie or is Barbie imitating us?’ We tend to criticize the doll for forcing a certain standard of humanly impossible bodily measurements on women, but the film makes us consider the possibility of the reverse: that the Barbie doll has brought out from our imagination the fantasies that our society has of women and actualized them on Barbie’s body. (Kwon Eun-Sun
Tula AsselanisTula Asselanis
After graduating from The Art Center College of Design, Asselanis worked as a writer for video catalog, a producer and a director. She has directed commercials for 11 years. I, Doll is her first documentary, completed after 6 years of research and 2 years of production. With the help of friends and local artists, Asselanis produced I, Doll, with totally independent finances.