A film by Carole Bienaimé Besse
In our society, where superficial values often dominate all others, beauty is at the heart of everything.
We could rejoice if this was beauty of spirit or soul but sadly it is the only superficial beauty, appearance. Inner beauty has been relegated to being purely decorative.
We are taught from our earliest years that beauty is the key to a successful life. Beauty leads to a successful social life, to power and money, both notions being synonymous with happiness.
But what does it mean to be beautiful?
One certitude in the society in which we live today is that being beautiful is being white. Beauty is not synonymous with non-white. It is difficult even today to have a black woman on the cover of a magazine (unless she is a star), or the face of an advert. And what are reasons for this? Would a product sell less well if it was demonstrated by a black man or woman?
The film is the crossroads of two issues: the history of the black community and the recognition of its beauty.
The film will focus on what it means to be a black woman today and throughout history.