Black Venus

Black Venus

Yaima Torres
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche Cast: Yaima Torres
Yaima Torres
, Olivier Gourmet
Olivier Gourmet
, Andre Jacobs
Andre Jacobs
Abdellatif Kechiche


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A woman turned into a sideshow attraction by those who imagine themselves her superiors struggles to maintain her dignity in this drama based on a true story. Sarah "Saartjie" Baartma (Yahima Torres) was born in South Africa but found a certain fame in Europe in the first decades of the 19th century, as she was exhibited like a sideshow attraction by Hendrick Caezar (Andre Jacobs), who billed her as "The Hottentot Venus" and encouraged audiences to view her as part human, part animal. Baartma performed like a trained animal under Caezar's direction, and sometimes she was required to appear nude before the crowds as spectators were allowed to touch her buttocks and genitals. When reporters condemn Caezar's exploitation of Baartma, she declares in court that she's acting of her own free will, but she's hesitant to explain why she allows herself to be treated so poorly. When Baartma's partnership with Caezar comes to an end, she finds herself working with a French showman, Reaux (Olivier Gourmet), who is even less scrupulous as he parades her before slumming French aristocrats, and later she is at the mercy of Georges Cuvier (Francois Marthouret), a scientist who uses her as part of his vile experiments in hopes of proving Africans are racially inferior. Written and directed Abdellatif Kechiche, Venus Noire (aka Black Venus) received its North American premiere at the 2010 New York Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2018
UPC: 0760137123385
Original Release: 2010
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Time: 2:42:00
Sales rank: 54,956

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Brand-new appreciation of Black Venus and the cinema Of Abdellatif Kechiche by critic Neil Young Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yaima Torres Saartjie Baartman
Olivier Gourmet Actor
Andre Jacobs Actor
Elina Löwensohn Actor
Francois Marthouret Actor

Technical Credits
Abdellatif Kechiche Director,Original Story
Lubomir Bakchev Cinematographer
Sofian El Fani Cinematographer
Charles Gillibert Producer
Jean-Paul Hurier Sound/Sound Designer
Nathanael Karmitz Producer
Marin Karmitz Producer
Slaheddine Kechiche Score Composer
Ghalia Lacroix Editor
Albertine Lastera Editor
Mathieu Menut Art Director
Fabio Perrone Costumes/Costume Designer
Laurent Rouan Editor
Florian Sanson Art Director
Camille Toubkis Editor
Nicolas Waschkowski Sound/Sound Designer

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