Black girl

Black girl

DVD - 2017 | French
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A young Senegalese woman moves to France to work for a wealthy white couple and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a prison, both figuratively and literally, into a complexly layered critique of the lingering colonialist mindset of a supposedly postcolonial world.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
Edition: Special edition.
Characteristics: 2 videodisc (59 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
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Jun 11, 2018

A thinly veiled metaphor on colonialism in Africa. It really felt weak to me as all the employer really did was talked harshly a couple times to the main character which culminates in her suicide. This barely reveals any of the abuses performed in the name of colonialism; it should have been more explicit, more savage and longer (it's only 60 mins), IMHO, to really do any justice to the subject. Perhaps, for the time (1966), it was more controversial but not so much in 2018.

Jul 28, 2017

Excellent, provocative first film by Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene, one of the most important African directors of the 20th century. Sembene confronts racism and the colonial legacy in a humane and personal way in this story of an African woman (Mbissine Therese Diop whose stylish wardrobe is her own.) who travels to France with the French family who employs her only to find despair and mistreatment. It's a short film, but powerful and packed with strong imagery and fine performances. This deluxe edition also includes Sembene's early short film "Borrom Sarret," which is worth watching. Released in 1966.

Jan 31, 2017

The two films on this Criterion Collection issue are highly important in film history. After eons of European White Supremacist domination of Africa, one of the films, a 20 minute 1963 short “Borom Sarret” AKA “The Wagoner” was produced and released. This seems to be the first film ever directed by a Black African. Three years later this same director released his first feature length film, “Black Girl.” No longer would the world have to depend on white supremacists to relay to the world the lives of the people in Africa. This was mirrored in America where Hollywood for decades refused to portray Black Americans in roles suggesting that Blacks were more than mere buffoons or menial servants.


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