Black Girl

Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title : Die schwarze aus... [Allemagne] | Nera di... (La) [Italy]
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1966
Format : Feature
Running time : 60 (in minutes)
Film Black & white
http://www.ousmanesembene.com/lanoirde.htm

Diouana, giovane donna senegalese, segue i suoi padroni fino in Francia, col miraggio di una vita agiata in Costa Azzurra. Utilizzata all'inizio come governante finisce per diventare una semplice domestica tuttofare. Mai pagata e trattata come una schiava, la donna si rifiuta di mangiare e di lavorare finendo col subire un forte processo di alienazione e sviluppando una depressione che la condurrà al suicidio.Tratto da un suo racconto breve La Noire de... è il lungometraggio d'esordio di Sembène ed è considerato anche il primo dell'Africa subsahariana. Un film sulla fine del sogno e sull'impossibilità della fuga, il ritratto di una donna che cerca di uscire dalla sua condizione di sottomissione ed emarginazione, ma rimane immobilizzata in un percorso rituale che non le darà scampo.

Senegal 1966, 60 min., 35mm, francese sottotitoli in italiano

PREMIO JEAN VIGO
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Diouana, eine junge Senegalesin, wird auf dem "Markt der Dienstmädchen" in Dakar von einem französischen Ehepaar als Kindermädchen angestellt. Als die Familie nach Antibes zurückkehrt, begleitet sie sie wie selbstverständlich. Doch die begehrte Eintrittskarte in das Wohlstandsparadies Frankreich erweist sich schnell als Horrortrip in die Isolation.
Mit seinem ersten langen Spielfilm möchten wir Sembène ehren, der im Frühjahr 2006 "Moolaadé" in Tübingen vorgestellt hatte.

Regie: ousmane sembène SEN 1966 70 min OmfU

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The award winning debut feature from Ousmane Sembene,'the Father of African Cinema', was also the first feature by a black African director. Influenced by the French New Wave, it tells a bitter story of exile and despair as a Senegalese maid is taken to the Riviera by her employers. Once out of Africa she realises what being African means: being a thing,'the black girl'. Stylishly shot, Black Girl never loses sight of its central theme of the myth of de-colonisation.

Regarded as the first major film in the evolution of African cinema, Black Girl chronicles the bitter and unambiguous story of a young Senegalese woman who is hired on the "maid market" in Dakar and taken to the Riviera by her white French employers. Under conditions that Sembene saw as a new form of slavery, she falls into the ultimate despair of isolation and invisibility.
Inspired by a news story, the film made a profound impression at international film festivals in 1966. The first work by a sub-Saharan black director to have been seen outside the continent, Black Girl represents the essential first step in Sembene's self-described project to counter the "neocolonialism [that] is passed on culturally through the cinema."

Ousmane Sembene. France/Senegal.
1965. 65 mins. French with Subtitles. 15

R/D : SEMBÈNE Ousmane - Sc : Sembène Ousmane - Ph/C : Christian Lacoste - M/Ed : André Gaudier - S : Charles Dixon, Yassala B. Sessouma - P : les Films Doomireew (Sénégal), les Actualités françaises avec la participation du ministère de la Coopération (France) - 65' - 35 mm - F - N&B/B&W - Int/Cast : Thérèse Mbissine Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sène, Ibrahima Boye

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