Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê

Carolina Moraes-Liu

USA/Brazil, Documentary, 2009
20 min, MiniDV, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles


Ebony Goddess is the story of three young women competing in the annual event in which Ilê Aiyê chooses its Carnival queen. The film shows the importance of the contest in reshaping the idea of what is beautiful in a society where African descendents constitute the majority of the population, but Eurocentric concepts of female beauty are pervasive. The figure of the Ebony Goddess, a key visual element of a spectacle that creates an alternative view of black woman as beautiful, desirable, and talented, promotes social change at its most basic level: the individual sense of self. Accolades include Best Short Documentary, 2010 San Diego Latino Film Festival, and Best Diaspora Film, 2010 San Diego Black Film Festival.


Austin Premiere



Carolina Moraes-Liu has been producing documentary films for the past twelve years. She sees documentary filmmaking as a means to educate and empower people, and she believes documentaries can be used as an instrument for social change. Carolina was born in Bahia, Brazil, and holds a Master's degree in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University.


Producer: Carolina Moraes-Liu
Production Companies: Documentario.com
Screenwriter: Carolina Moraes-Liu
Cinematographer: Carolina Moraes-Liu
Editor: Carolina Moraes-Liu
Sound Design: Carolina Moraes-Liu
Music: Ilê Aiê
Cast: Featuring Antônio Carlos Vovô and Arany Santana

Ebony Goddess


Regal Metropolitan - Sat. Apr. 24  2:00PM

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Documentary Shorts Competition Showcase

Regal Metropolitan - Sat. Apr. 24  4:00PM

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