France, Belgium, 2010. Drama by Abdellatif Kechiche (1h 59min)
With Yahima Torres, Andre Jacobs and Olivier Gourmet
French with English subtitles
Based on a true story, "Vénus Noire" tells the story of a woman turned into a freak show by those who imagined themselves her superiors. Sarah "Saartjie" Baartma is the slave of a Dutch colonizer in 19th century South Africa and finds a certain undesirable fame when her master brings her to Europe to become a sideshow attraction in the character of the "The Hottentot Venus." A riveting story of a young woman who struggles to maintain her dignity and fights to acquire her freedom. Vénus Noire celebrated its North American premier at the 2010 New York Film Festival.
Watch trailer here
Where: Alliance at Dupont
Cost: General Admission: $6. AF Members: 4$