The Body Beautiful
TitleThe Body Beautiful
DirectorNgozi Onwurah
CountryUK
Year1990
Duration23mins
Format16mm, Umatic video
DescriptionThis bold exploration of the relationship between a white mother who undergoes a radical mastectomy and her black daughter who embarks on a modelling career reveals the profound effects of body image and the strain of racial and sexual identity on their charged, intensely loving bond. At the heart of Onwurah's brave excursion into her mother's scorned sexuality is a provocative interweaving of memory and fantasy. The film-maker plumbs the depths of maternal strength and daughterly devotion in an unforgettable tribute starring her real life mother, Madge Onwurah.