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383 Ratings

Black Venus

Vénus noire

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

Synopsis

Saartjie Baartman left her native South Africa and travelled to Europe with her master, Caezar. There the latter exhibits his former domestic to a hungry and sensation-seeking public as the “Hottentot Venus” who is exploited as a popular attraction among both wealthy and poor members of society.

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, misogyny, and the colonial gaze that turns us into complicit voyeurs. Featuring a truly remarkable debut performance from Yahima Torres.

Synopsis

Saartjie Baartman left her native South Africa and travelled to Europe with her master, Caezar. There the latter exhibits his former domestic to a hungry and sensation-seeking public as the “Hottentot Venus” who is exploited as a popular attraction among both wealthy and poor members of society.

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, misogyny, and the colonial gaze that turns us into complicit voyeurs. Featuring a truly remarkable debut performance from Yahima Torres.

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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
Village Voice Film Poll
2010 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film
Indiewire Critics' Poll
2010 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

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