Black Girl (2160x1023)
Black Girl (1966) © Filmi Domirev

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Black Girl

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Ousmane Sembène | Senegal | 1966 | Unclassified (15+)

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Thu 13 Jun - Sun 30 Jun 2024

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A young Senegalese worker relocates to the south of France in Sembène’s effortlessly cool debut feature, newly restored in 4K.

Formally spartan, Ousmane Sembène's Black Girl is dense with cool fury.

Melissa Anderson (Village Voice)

Inspired by a true story, Black Girl follows a shy young Senegalese girl Diouana (Mbissine Thérèse Diop) as she relocates from her village in Senegal to Southeastern France to work as a nanny. Whilst she is initially excited at the appointment, Diouana uncovers a hidden side to her employers, and she is slowly forced into the role of a domestic slave. Sembène’s first feature film took him, and African cinema, to international acclaim.

Featuring an outstanding, heartrending performance by Diop and adapted from a short story written by Sembène himself, Black Girl is startling and harrowing, a domestic horror story revealing the injustices of colonialism.

– Keith Shiri, Curator

Format: DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Janus Films
Courtesy: Janus Films
Runtime: 65 mins

Event duration

65 mins


Unclassified (15+)

Viewers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Contains mature themes and suicide themes.


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