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Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê

The story of three young black women searching for identity and self-esteem in Bahia, Brazil
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Overview

Genre
Culture, Minorities, Human Rights, Social Issues, and Foreign Worlds
Synopsis

"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.

Stage
finished
Running time
20 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
documentario.com
Country
Brazil
Locations
Brazil, USA

Distribution Details

Release year
2010
Festivals
Chicago Latino Film Festival, New York African Film Festival, San Diego Black Film Festival, San Francisco Latino Film Festival, San Francisco Women's International Film Festival, Women's International Film Festival (Miami), Dance on Camera Festival...
Awards
Best Diaspora Film Festival - San Diego Black Film Festival; Corazon Award for Best Short Documentary - San Diego Latino Film Festival
Distribution
Third World Newsreel and documentario.com
Language
Portuguese
Subtitles
English, Spanish

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