Black Girl (La noire de...) Reviews
March 5, 2021
Black Girl's deceptive simplicity is uncompromisingly angry in tone.
March 2, 2021
Fifty-one years after its initial release, this seminal film remains hauntingly relevant.
September 15, 2020
Sembene's portrait of a young Senegalese woman whose dreams are swiftly crushed by the cruelty of white privilege is as emotionally potent today as it was five decades ago.
June 5, 2020
Sembene's debut feels as timely today as it did half a century ago... As Westerners, we begin the movie thinking we're watching Africans, but we realize that Africans like Sembene have been watching us, too, and know us far better than we know them.
May 2, 2020
A searing fusion of sadness and anger erupts in this deeply intelligent discourse on post-colonialism by Ousmane Sembène.
January 14, 2020
[Director Ousmane] Sembene may well have the talent to be a major filmmaker.
September 30, 2019
Black Girl is just the beginning of Sembène's anti-colonialist films.
June 4, 2019
Sembene forcefully reclaims that African identity by tearing away the mask, both figuratively and literally (in the film's haunting final shot).
May 5, 2019
Whatever its faults, Black Girl takes us into the heart of a world that may be strange and unfamiliar to those who watch it today.
March 20, 2017
Sembene imbues objects with significance, not only on a symbolic level, but in a way so profound that they seem to carry supernatural power.
January 31, 2017
suggests powerfully how colonialism and its mindset does not immediately dissipate once a country has achieved independence
January 25, 2017
Black Girl - often called the first important African feature film - can be interpreted as a mere penetrating personal drama, but it's impossible to look at this film apolitically.
January 19, 2017
Running only 65 minutes the movie is compact, but extremely potent; Sembene's simple camera setups articulate great poetry. It's a movie of dashed hopes and unexpected beauties, and it's a masterpiece.
July 28, 2016
A remarkable personal-is-political drama, set in barely postcolonial Senegal and France.
July 25, 2016
Historical importance aside, it's startling how elementally lyrical, how starkly political, the watchful, heightened naturalism of this essential masterpiece is.
May 18, 2016
Black Girl radiates with an expressive tone, despite some script compression and the typical production obstacles of a mid-60s independent film.
May 17, 2016
With Black Girl, Ousmane Sembene crafts one of cinema's finest portraits of African neocolonialism.
May 17, 2016
Formally spartan, Ousmane Sembne's Black Girl is dense with cool fury.