If you’re cool you’d do this: African Diaspora Film Festival

November 30, 2010 at 11:42 AM | Posted in Abs Fab, Do something whydoncha, Don't be a Dummy, Education | 1 Comment

What I saw last night, ‘Venus Noire.’ A film about Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman, aka Hottentot Venus. She was the most famous of at least two Khoikhoi women who were exhibited as freak show attractions, exploited, abused and dehumanized, for her physical appearance, notably her large buttocks (steatopygia) and the elongated labia, in 19th century Europe under the name Hottentot Venus. She entertaining people by gyrating her nude buttocks and showing to Europeans what were thought of as highly unusual bodily features.

“Hottentot” as the then-current name for the Khoi people, now considered an offensive term,[2] and “Venus” in reference to the Roman goddess of love. I had dreams/nightmares about the movie. It is just that poignant. I am speechless. This rarely happens. Post to soon follow once the raging machinations of my mind simmers a bit.

The African Diaspora Film Festival ends December 14th and grabs diverse far reaching film art from all ends of the globe as the African Diaspora itself was. Full film schedule here. Watch the ‘Black Venus’ trailer:


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  1. This gives me chills. My heart feels like it’s twisting in rage. So disgusting the way black female bodies have been (and at times continue to be) exploited. I’m absolutely speechless.

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