The trailer for the French film, “Venus Noire,” which examines the life of the Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman, also known in 19th century Europe as the “Hottentot Venus,” was recently released. The film, directed by Abdel Kechiche, is sure to cause a stir, as the work largely suggests that the racist-sexist experiences of Baartman still linger today.
“Venus Noire,” also known as “Black Venus,” has already earned critical acclaim. The film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.
“Venus Noire” will be screened at the upcoming New York Film Festival. The teaser below is the first of the film released to the general viewing public.
Baartman’s experiences as a traveling exhibition throughout Europe was also the subject of Suzan-Lori Park’s 1996 stage play, “Venus.”
“Venus Noire” premieres in France on October 27th. No information yet released on an U.S. date.
Check out “Venus Noire” trailer below. Stayed tuned to CLUTCH for the screening schedule.