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Black Girl

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Ousmane Sembène’s seminal feature focuses on a Senegalese woman who takes a job in France to try and better herself.

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Senegal-France 1966
Dir Ousmane Sembène
With Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine
English subtitles
Certificate 15

The seminal first feature from Ousmane Sembène dealt with the fraught relationship between Europe and Africa. Diouana’s dream of freedom is cruelly undermined by the life of servitude she faces as a house girl in France. The dehumanising effect of post-colonialism was a persistent theme for Sembène’s generation. The associated shorts programme, ‘Homegoing’, shows how today’s filmmakers subvert that perspective.

Restored in 2015 by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Sembène Estate, Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, INA, Eclair laboratories and Centre National de Cinématographie. Restoration carried out at Cineteca di Bologna/ L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.

Also available on BFI Player.

The screening on Tuesday 6 August will be introduced by June Givanni, curator June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive.

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Image from World Cinema Project

Image from Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna


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