GRALFF 2012: Beleza Negra (Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê

2pm, Saturday March 31 at Wealthy Theatre

2010 – Brazil, 20 min. – NR

Directed by Carolina Moraes-Liu

Portuguese with English Subtitles
Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, a prominent and controversial Afro-Brazilian group with an all-black membership. The selection is based on Afro-centric notions of beauty, in counterpoint to prevailing standards of beauty in Brazil, a country famous for slim supermodels and plastic surgery. Contestants for the title of Ebony Goddess dress in flowing African-style garments, gracefully performing traditional Afro-Brazilian dances to songs praising the beauty of black women.

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