Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê

On April 22, 2013


Directors: Carolina Moraes-Liu

Actors: Arany Santana, Priscila Santos da Silva, Talita Bezerra do Amorin

Production Co.: Documentario Productions

Country: Brazil, USA

Year: 2010

Language: Dialogue in Portuguese with optional English subtitles. Credits in Portuguese, English or Spanish.

Format: DVD


Summary: “Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê” follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, 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.

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