Black Girl (La noire de...) (1966)
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Whatever its faults, Black Girl takes us into the heart of a world that may be strange and unfamiliar to those who watch it today.
A remarkable personal-is-political drama, set in barely postcolonial Senegal and France.
Black Girl radiates with an expressive tone, despite some script compression and the typical production obstacles of a mid-60s independent film.
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[font=Century Gothic]"Black Girl" is an incisive allegory from Ousmane Sembene about the relationship between France and Senegal, made shortly after Senegal's gaining its independence. Diouana(Mbissine Therese Diop), like many others in Dakar, is unemployed and looking for work. Luckily enough, she finds work as a nursery maid for a French couple(Anne-Marie Jelinek & Robert Fontaine) who have three young children. At the beginning of her employment, Diouana brings them a native mask as a gift. When they move back to France, they bring along Diouana but they mislead her as to what her responsibilities will be, leaving her to feel exploited and trapped inside an apartment all day long as she is separated both from the vibrant France she imagines and the support system she left behind in Senegal. To add to this, she suffers the condescension and lack of respect from the other French people she encounters as she serves them at the dinner table.[/font]
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