But Where Are You Really From?

Black Girl

La noire de...

Dreams of adventure abroad turn to ashes for a young woman leaving Senegal behind.

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Senegal-France 1966
Dir Ousmane Sembène
With Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine
65min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 15

In this groundbreaking debut feature from Sembène, Diouna longs for adventure beyond the borders of her Senegalese community. The chance to work for a wealthy white family in France seemingly offers up such an opportunity, but the stifling domestic duties are a far cry from her visions of a carefree new life, and her situation slowly twists into a toxic, post-colonial nightmare.

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.

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