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Black Girl

La noire de...

Directed by Ousmane Sembène
Senegal, France, 1966


A Senegalese woman is eager to find a better life abroad. She takes a job as a governess for a French family, but finds her duties reduced to those of a maid after the family moves to the south of France. In her new country, she is constantly made aware of her race and mistreated by her employers.

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Black Girl Directed by Ousmane Sembène
It is a razor-sharp dissection of colonialist condescension and dehumanization through its story of a Senegalese woman who moves to France to work as a nanny. Mambéty’s work emerged in the shadow of Sembene.
June 05, 2018
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Black Girl closes with a brilliant reverse movement: an African mask, gifted by Diouana to her employer, returns along with her possessions to her mother’s home in Dakar. In Sembène’s hands, this poetically charged object carries the full spiritual weight of Africa.
September 03, 2017
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Sembene, the auteur, is faithful to Diouana’s demise, his creative genius comes into play as he applies meaning and context to her travail. With not much to work with, Sembene tracks what may have been her passage to such a tragic end. The cruelty she encountered makes her path to suicide so terrifyingly logical.
May 26, 2017
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