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The Body Beautiful

The Body Beautiful

Autobiographical account of a mother-daughter relationship, exploring beauty standards and female sexuality.

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1990 24 mins

Overview

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.