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"As Westerners, we begin the movie thinking we're watching Africans, but we realize Africans like Sembène have been watching us, too, and know us far better than we know them.” – John Powers, National Public Radio
A Senegalese woman is working for a French colonial couple in a villa in Dakar, when they offer to take her to Antibes, on the French Riviera. She is distressed to find herself isolated in a high-rise apartment, cooking and cleaning and being treated as both an exotic trophy and a slave. Often referred to as the ‘father of African cinema’ Ousmane Sembène – who was also a celebrated novelist - made nine feature films during his forty-year career, most of them dealing with colonialism, religion and African women. 4K restoration.
Screens with Sembème’s restored short film The Wagoner/Borom Sarret (1963) and with Djibril Diop Mambety’s remarkable short documentary on life in the Senegalese capital Dakar Contras City (1969, 4K).
“A razor-sharp dissection of colonialist condescension and dehumanization.” — Emmet Sweeney
“Black Girl has also proved prophetic. With the rise of globalization, millions of women from poor countries have migrated to the global north to become domestic workers.” — Girish Shambu. Film Comment
The 12:45pm screening on Saturday 29 April will be introduced by TBC.
Watch a superb video essay about Ousmane Sembene and Black Girl, here.
French, Wolof, English subtitles
Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Mare Jelinek, Robert Fontaine
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