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BLACK GIRL
Cannes Classics - World Cinema Project

LA NOIRE DE...

(BLACK GIRL)

Directed by : Ousmane SEMBENE

Year of production : 1966 Length : 65 minutes

Synopsis

Black Girl, Ousmane Sembène's first feature film, consciously explores the nature and effects of cultural domination. Black Girl records the story of a young black Senegalese woman, Diouana, brought to Antibes by a French couple previously based in Dakar. Under the mistaken assumption that she has been employed as a governess for the couple's children, Diouana quickly learns that she must do the cooking, laundry, cleaning, and babysitting. Without salary and any friends, ignored by her employers, confined into the house except for shopping, and disillusioned by the sad discrepancy between the realities of her life in France and her old dreams about France as a Mecca of beautiful people, fancy life and adventure, Diouana finally commits suicide.

Credits

Ousmane SEMBENE - Director

Ousmane SEMBENE - Script / Dialogue

Casting

Mbissine Thérèse DIOP - La Bonne/Diouana

Anne-Marie JELINEK - Madame

Robert FONTAINE - Monsieur

Momar NAR SENE - Young Man

Toto BISSAINTHE - Voice

Film's poster © DR

Contacts

International press

CECILIA CENCIARELLI / KRISTEN MEROLA - www.film-foundation.org
Cecilia CENCIARELLI - cecilia.cenciarelli@cineteca.bologna.it


International sales

KRISTEN MEROLA - www.film-foundation.org


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