Michelle Mohabeer

2008, 49:50 minutes, colour, English


Blu in You is an eloquent essayist film with a visual conversation that dissects historical and contemporary representations of the black female body and subjectivity. Blu in You is mediated through the lens of a female observer Melanie Smith, who views staged conversations between a visual arts curator Andrea Fatona and writer Nalo Hopkinson. The two explore black female subjectivity and sexuality by looking at various themes. Beginning with a cultural history of violence and sensationalism (embodied in the figure of Sara Baartman, "the Hottentot Venus"), then the gaze shifts to the present with discussions of celebrated cultural icons Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge, and the muse Jeanne Duval, and the contemporary, black, queer female erotic body and sexuality.

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