Dir. Ousmane Sembène (1966); France/Sénégal, 55m // Digital
French with English Subtitles
Starring: Mbissine Thérèse Diop,Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine

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Ousmane Sembène addresses racism and the legacy of European colonialism in Africa in his first feature film endeavor, La Noire de. Diouana (Mbissine Thérèse Diop) is a domestic servant treated sub-humanely by the French family who employs her. Shown off at dinner parties as a token African prize and berated for her performance at a job she did not choose, the injustices of colonialism are calmly laid out through several alienating moments. A portrait of domestic slavery, class and race disparity, and African fetishism, Sembéne reverses the Eurocentric filmic convention, in which the French characters are those who are individualized while the colonized are represented in group. Widely known as the first sub-Saharan film to reach an international audience, La Noire de (Black Girl) was the genesis of postcolonial filmmaking in Africa, naming Sembéne one of the most important filmmakers of the 20th century.

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