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BLACK VENUS

Vénus noire

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Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
France, Belgium, 2010
Drama, History
      French
      English

Synopsis

Saartjie left her native South Africa with her master, Caezar, to expose her body to the audiences of London’s freak shows. Free and enslaved all at the same time, the “Hottentot Venus” became an icon in the slums, destined to be sacrificed in the pursuit of a shimmering vision of prosperity.

Our take

Based on the shocking real-life story of Black performer Sarah Baartman, Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue is the Warmest Color) marshals a blistering critique of racism and the colonial gaze that turns us into complicit voyeurs. Featuring a truly remarkable debut performance from Yahima Torres.

Synopsis

Saartjie left her native South Africa with her master, Caezar, to expose her body to the audiences of London’s freak shows. Free and enslaved all at the same time, the “Hottentot Venus” became an icon in the slums, destined to be sacrificed in the pursuit of a shimmering vision of prosperity.

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Black VenusDirected byAbdellatif Kechiche
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Awards & Festivals

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Venice Film Festival
2010 | Winner: Equal Opportunity Award
2010 | Nominee: Golden Lion
Village Voice Film Poll
2010 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film
Indiewire Critics' Poll
2010 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

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