JOSEPHINE BAKER: BLACK DIVA IN A WHITE MAN’S WORLD

JOSEPHINE BAKER: BLACK DIVA IN A WHITE MAN’S WORLD DIRECTED BY ANNETTE VON WANGENHEIM GERMANY, U.S. AND FRANCE / 2006 / ENGLISH, GERMAN, AND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 45 MIN SYNOPSIS A tender, revealing documentary about one of the…

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JOSEPHINE BAKER: BLACK DIVA IN A WHITE MAN’S WORLD
DIRECTED BY ANNETTE VON WANGENHEIM
GERMANY, U.S. AND FRANCE / 2006 / ENGLISH, GERMAN, AND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 45 MIN

SYNOPSIS
A tender, revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century. Her legendary banana belt dance created theatre history; her song “J’ai deux amours” became a classic, and her hymn.

The film focuses on her life and work from a perspective that analyses images of Black people in popular culture. It portrays the artist in the mirror of European colonial clichés and presents her as a resistance fighter, an ambulance driver during WWII, and an outspoken activist against racial discrimination involved in the worldwide Black Consciousness movement of the 20th century.

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