Movie review, "Black Venus", by Abdellatif Kechiche

full name / name of organization: 
Jura Gentium Cinema
contact email: 
f.dellucchese@gmail.com

The journal “Jura Gentium Cinema” (www.jgcinema.com) is seeking reviews for the movie "Black Venus" (aka Vénus noire, Mavri Afroditi) by Abdellatif Kechiche.

he story of Saartjes Baartman, a Black domestic who, in 1808, left Southern Africa, then ruled by Dutch settlers, for Europe, following her boss Hendrick Caesar , hoping to find fame and fortune there. Once in London her master turned manager does nothing but exhibit her as a freak in a phony and humiliating carnival show. After a series of troubles caused by their act, Caesar, Saartje and their new friend, bear-tamer Réaux, head for Paris where once again, and against her will, she has to mimic savagery and expose her body, first in carnivals, then in the aristocratic salons of Paris, later on among the libertines and finally in brothels where she ends up being a prostitute. In the meantime, French anatomists will have taken an interest in her unusual anatomy (enormous buttocks and labia) only to declare her the missing link from ape to man. In 1815, aged only 27, she dies alone, of a combination of pneumonia and venereal disease (IMDb).

The review should particularly address the postcolonial dimension of the movie. It should be informative and evaluative, without being dismissive: that is, the reviewer should find some value in the work being reviewed.

Please check the guide for submissions: http://jgcinema.com/guide.php

Reviews in English, French, Spanish, or Italian are welcomed.

Deadline April 30th, 2011

Contact:

Filippo Del Lucchese
Brunel University - West London

f.dellucchese@gmail.com

cfp categories: 
african-american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
general_announcements
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
postcolonial
science_and_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian