Shonda Rhimes, creator and producer of numerous hit television programs, will appear June 17 at the Westport Library for the debut of “Black Barbie,” a new documentary from her Shondaland production company.

WESTPORT — “Black Barbie,” a new documentary from Shonda Rhimes’s production company about the first Black doll created for Mattel’s iconic Barbie doll line, will be given a special screening June 17 at the Westport Library.

The film presentation, featuring an appearance by Westport resident Rhimes, will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the library, 20 Jesup Road. The program is co-sponsored by TEAM Westport, the town’s multicultural advocacy committee.

The full allotment of free tickets for the program has been reserved, according to the library’s Monday announcement. However, to be wait-listed for tickets that may become available, click here.

Rhimes, the award-winning producer of hit television programs like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Bridgerton,” will discuss the documentary in a question-and-answer period following the screening.

The documentary will debut on Netflix on June 19 — marking the observance known as Juneteenth, the date when the Emancipation Proclamation was last enforced to free slaves in western Texas on June 19, 1865.

The documentary “tells the story of the three Black women at Mattel who were determined to create a doll who looked like them, and the impact that had on the Barbie brand as we know it,” according to library publicity for the program. 

The documentary was written and directed by Lagueria Davis.

“If you’ve gone your whole life and never seen anything made in your image, there is damage done,” Rhimes said in the film trailer. “I thought ‘Black Barbie’ was magical.”

Rhimes, honored at the library’s 2022 “Booked for the Evening” event, is the CEO of the Shondaland production company and the first woman to create three television dramas that have achieved the 100-episode milestone — “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Scandal.” She has been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Rhimes in 2015 published a memoir, “Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person.”

For questions, call the Westport Library at 203-291-4800.