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Emerging Lens Film Festival Presents Subjects Of Desire

Kick-off opening night of the Emerging Lens Film Festival with a special CanFilmDay screening of the 2021 documentary Subjects of Desire, followed by an online Q&A with director Jennifer Holness.

About the Film

In this powerful documentary, filmmaker Jennifer Holness takes an incisive look at why our society enforces such impossible and conflicting beauty standards on Black women. The treatment of Black Women in our culture is rarely given the attention it deserves, but Holness uses the 50th anniversary of the Miss Black America pageant as a jumping off point to explore everything from the media’s continued reinforcement of damaging and reductive archetypes to the recent explosion of cultural appropriation trends.

Featuring a variety of interviews with beauty experts, prominent Black women in the media, pageant contestants and more, Holness doesn’t hold back from exposing the harsh truths about the world we live in.


Jennifer Holness


Wed. April 19


6:30 pm AT


Canadian Museum at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS, B3H 4P7

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