Saartjie Baartman left her native South Africa and travelled to Europe with her master, Caezar. There the latter exhibits his former domestic to a hungry and sensation-seeking public as the “Hottentot Venus” who is exploited as a popular attraction among both wealthy and poor members of society.
Based on the shocking real-life story of Black performer Sarah Baartman, Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue is the Warmest Color) marshals a blistering critique of racism, misogyny, and the colonial gaze that turns us into complicit voyeurs. Featuring a truly remarkable debut performance from Yahima Torres.
Oskar Roehler, 2006, Germany
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Harmony Korine, 2007, United States
Abel Ferrara, 2007, Italy
Mamoru Oshii, 2004, Japan