La Noire de... / Black Girl

TitleLa Noire de... / Black Girl
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1966
AuthorsSembene, Ousmane
Running Time65 min
Date Released04/05/1967
DistributorNew Yorker Video
Publication LanguageFrench

The film centers on Diouana, a young Senegalese woman, who moves from Dakar in the Senegal to Antibes at the Cote d' Azur to work for a rich French couple. In France, Diouana hopes to continue her former nanny job and anticipates a cosmopoilitan lifestyle. But from her arrival in Antibes, Diouana experiences harsh treatment from the couple, who force her to work as a servant. She becomes increasingly aware of her constrained and alienated situation and starts to question her life in France. The story continually shifts back and forth between Diouana's present life in France where she works as a domestic servant, and flashbacks of her previous life in Senegal. In this way, the film addresses the effects of colonialism, racism and post-colonial identity in Africa and Europe.

Original PublicationLa Noire de...
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