- Culture, Minorities, Human Rights, Social Issues, and Foreign Worlds
"Ebony Goddess: Queen of IlÃª AiyÃª" follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of IlÃª AiyÃª, 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 â€œblack is beautifulâ€ view of black women, resonates with women of African descent in Brazil, the United States and throughout the world of the African Diaspora.
- Running time
- 20 minutes
- Carolina Moraes-Liu ... Producer and Director
- Prod. Co.
- Brazil, USA
- Release year
- 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...
- Best Diaspora Film Festival - San Diego Black Film Festival; Corazon Award for Best Short Documentary - San Diego Latino Film Festival
- Third World Newsreel and documentario.com
- English, Spanish
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