Director: Toyin Agbetu
Country: UK, 2014, 122 mins 29 secs
Synopsis: ‘Beauty is’ forms a feature length film exploring the topic of beauty from a Pan African perspective through a candid collection of personal and group interviews. It examines the nature of our external features such as hair, skin and body shape, and then dives deep into investigating societal pressures from both our peers and a sexist global media that feeds insecurities about body image whilst perpetuating shadism and western ideals. This film also looks beyond the traditional “natural v processed” argument to engage with philosophical debates about the role of ethnicity, gender, culture and tradition in defining what beauty really is in a wonderfully diverse world of billions.