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Black Girl (New 4K Restoration!)

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Saturday 10/1
7:00 pm
$9 General Public
$7 Students & Seniors
FREE IHP Members & Residents

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dir. Ousmane Sembène, France/Senegal, 1966, DCP, b/w, French w/ English subtitles, 65 min

Ousmane Sembène, one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived and the most internationally renowned African director of the twentieth century, made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring Black Girl (La noire de . . .). Sembène, who was also an acclaimed novelist in his native Senegal, transforms a deceptively simple plot—about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white couple and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a figurative and literal prison—into a complex, layered critique on the lingering colonialist mindset of a supposedly postcolonial world. Featuring a moving central performance by Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Black Girl is a harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement—and one of the essential films of the 1960s.

Preceded by: 

Borom Sarret

dir. Ousmane Sembène, Senegal, 1963, DCP, b/w, French w/ English subtitles, 20 min

Sembene’s first film follows a day in the life of a Dakar cart-driver navigating through increasingly harrowing circumstances.