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The Body Beautiful
The Body Beautiful

The Body Beautiful 1990


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The Body Beautiful 1990

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Ngozi Onwurah

This autobiographical narrative redefines female beauty and sexuality by reflecting on filmmaker Ngozi Onwurah's relationship with her mother. Onwurah's discovery of her sexual appeal as a young model is combined with an intimate account of her mother Madge's experience of desexualisation after having a mastectomy. The cinematic treatment of the female body challenges viewers to acknowledge the rarely-seen sexuality and desire of (mature) women, outside of dominant beauty standards.

Directed by

Ngozi Onwurah


Maureen Douglass

Brian Bovell

Rosie Rowell

Madge Onwurah


Experimenta Animation & Artists Moving Image


Daughters Mothers Breast cancer Afro-Caribbean community in Great Britain Relationships


Black British Filmmaking The Female Gaze




United Kingdom



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