A 'graphic, unflinching' movie about negrophile European sex predators who abuse young Kenyan men has been cheered by Cannes film festival goers.
A graphic, unflinching look at the delicate interplay of desire, money and power among European women sex tourists and African gigolos hit the screen yesterday in the Cannes contender "Paradise: Love".
Austrian director Ulrich Seidl, who scandalised cinema's top international showcase five years ago with another take on rich and poor and the sex trade, "Import/Export", this time turns his camera on women as the consumers.
"Paradise: Love" stars Margarethe Tiesel as Teresa, a 50-year-old Viennese single mother of an insolent teenage daughter who needs a break from it all, in a breakout performance cheered by audiences here.
She sets off alone to the white sandy coast of eastern Kenya where she falls in with a group of "sugar mamas", fellow middle-aged women who feel neglected at home and seek the attention of much younger local men in exchange for cash.
"It is about female loneliness that takes hold when you reach a certain age and no longer look like someone from an advert," Tiesel told reporters.
Predictably, the director is portraying the middle-aged women as victims, almost forced by the sexist, objectifying patriarchal society that sexually rejects them to seek out 'black bamboos' to molest.
This is the second major film to cover female sex tourism. Another one was released to great success a few years ago, a 'romance' relating to the annual flock of 600,000 American and European women who head for the Caribbean to sexually exploit poverty stricken, drug addled Rastafarians. The name of the film escapes me, but I remember that it was showing at the cinema when I attended the big screen adapataion of Michel Houllebecq's 'Atomised'. I remember noticing that the queue for the sex tourism film was composed mainly of inter-racial couples (BMWF). Not just middle-aged hags with black toy boys, but young negrophiles too.
That film too was highly sympathetic to the white female sex predators.
On a slightly controversial side note (in that it provokes disagreement even amongst my readers), it might be interesting to note why it is that female sex tourists invariably head for countries with poverty stricken black men ripe for abuse (and to a lesser extent, some Muslim countries such as Turkey and Egypt)?
Similarly, why do white male sex tourists visit primarily Asian countries rather than the Caribbean (I know that there are white men with an ebony fetish, but it is exactly that - a fetish)?
In terms of activism, there are now a number of countries in Europe and elsewhere which have made 'paying for sex' a criminal offence. Of course these laws are made by feminists and targeted at men. But the sex laws of most countries these days apply wherever you are in the world. In other words, for example, it is likely that the no doubt thousands of Swedish women with black snake fever who travel to Africa or the Caribbean each year to pay for sex with local men are breaking their own nation's (feminist) law. It would surely be a worthwhile mission at some point in the future to hunt these female sex offenders down and ensure that they are brought to justice.