Black Girl (1966)

Black Girl

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The first major work of Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene, this 1966 film is widely recognized as one of the founding works of African cinema. Diouanne Therese N'Bissine Diop, a young Senegalese woman, is employed as a governess for a French family in the city of Dakar. She soon becomes disillusioned when the family travels to the Riviera, where her comfortable duties as a nanny in a wealthy household are replaced by the drudgery and indignities of a maid. In a series of escalating … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Nov 22, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Black Girl

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Mr. Sembčne makes his point neatly and dramatically.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
New York Times
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Sembene keeps his metaphors under control, and the result is a message movie with an unusual depth of characterization.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Chicago Reader
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The weakness of Black Girl is in its slow, journeyman style; one feels that Sembene learned filmmaking by making this film.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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first major feature to surface in Africa

Full Review… | January 28, 2013
Old School Reviews

One of the great early films from Senegalese novelist turned filmmaker Ousmane Sembene.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A remarkably resonant portrait of cultural (hence, spiritual) dislocation and death

Full Review… | November 15, 2009
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for Black Girl

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[font=Century Gothic]"Black Girl" is an incisive allegory from Ousmane Sembene about the relationship between France and Senegal, made shortly after Senegal's gaining its independence. Diouana(Mbissine Therese Diop), like many others in Dakar, is unemployed and looking for work. Luckily enough, she finds work as a nursery maid for a French couple(Anne-Marie Jelinek & Robert Fontaine) who have three young children. At the beginning of her employment, Diouana brings them a native mask as a gift. When they move back to France, they bring along Diouana but they mislead her as to what her responsibilities will be, leaving her to feel exploited and trapped inside an apartment all day long as she is separated both from the vibrant France she imagines and the support system she left behind in Senegal. To add to this, she suffers the condescension and lack of respect from the other French people she encounters as she serves them at the dinner table.[/font]

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