GOOD HAIR AND OTHER DUBIOUS DISTINCTIONS Camille S. DeBose (USA, 2011) 34 minutes. English. Genre: documentary.
The film focuses on cultural language and practices that negatively impact the development of a healthy sense of self. The filmmaker's commentary asserts a criticism of the way wavy hair, lighter skin and a slender nose are still considered more attractive in the black community in light of historical and contemporary movements which have sought to liberate black self esteem. As a practicing and teaching sociologist the filmmaker sought to illuminate the notion of symbolic violence through the lens of Pierre Bourdieu and spark conversation not just in the black community but all other communities as well. Cultural practices which value some features but not others are issues common to every family and every community. For the filmmaker this is an issue of valuing and finding beauty in every human being.
EBONY GODDESS: QUEEN OF ILÊ AIYÊ / DEUSA DO ÉBANO: RAINHA DO ILÊ AIYÊ
Carolina Moraes-Liu (Brazil, 2010). 20 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles. Genre: documentary.
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.
For Aurelina, Joseane and Talita, the competition for the title of Ebony Goddess is part of a profound and personal search for identity and self-esteem. The figure of the Ebony Goddess, representing a "black is beautiful" view of black women, resonates with women of African descent in Brazil, the United States and throughout the world of the African Diaspora.
Cultural commentary presented by anthropologist and professor emerita of The Evergreen State College, Dr. Angela Gilliam.
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Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. $8 general, $5 Youth and Senior Citizens.
Langston Hughes Perfoming Arts Center (View)
104 17th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144