VOD REVIEW: Undesirable beauty standards & race a difficult topic in Subjects Of Desire

There are always films that are crucial for you to see, but won’t be particularly fun to watch.

That said, Subjects Of Desire is a film that is essential viewing, and one of the documentaries at FIN that has struck me particularly hard this year.

An Audience Favourite at Hot Docs and an official selection at SXSW, this is an unflinching look at beauty and the way we have interpreted race for years in America and the world.

It’s uncompromising in showing institutional racism has pushed gorgeous, fantastic women of colour to the side in beauty and fashion industries for far too long.

Writer-director Jennifer Holness, and incredible producer and director, shines a light on a topic I truly knew nothing about, and she gripped me.

The interviews are intelligent and the women featured in this film bring a passion and emotion that makes you truly sit up and lsiten.

It’s a hard look at society’s exclusion of black women for so long, and it’s a movie that will infuriate you and also make you take a deep, hard look at yourself and those around you.

4/5 Stars

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