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The Life and Times of Sara Baartman: "The Hottentot Venus".

A documentary film on the life of a Khoi Khoi woman who was taken from South Africa in 1810 and exhibited as a freak across Britain. The image and ideas for "The Hottentot Venus" (particularly the interest in her sexual anatomy) swept through British popular culture. A court battle waged by abolitionists to free her from her exhibitors failed. In 1814, a year before her death, she was taken to France and became the object of scientific research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about black female sexuality. Directed by Zola Maseko. c1998. 52 min.
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Reviews and articles:
Gilman, Sander L. "The Life and Times of Sara Baartman" American Historical Review, 2000, Vol. 105 Issue 5, p1849-1849, 1p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Gordon, Robert. "The Life and Times of Sara Baartman" American Anthropologist, 2000, Vol. 102 Issue 3, p606-607, 2p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only