Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents the Restorations & Revivals film series. Enjoy these classics from world cinema on the big screen in Brown Auditorium Theater!

Black Girl (La noire de …)
Director Ousmane Sembene
Released 1966
Language in French and Wolof with English subtitles
Country France/Senegal
Running Time 85 minutes
Format Digital, B/W

Preceded by Ousmane Sembene’s first film, the short Borom Sarret (1963, 20 minutes).

There’s a very contemporary feel to this early classic of post-colonial African cinema, presented in a new digital restoration on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

The story follows Diouana (a riveting performance by Mbissine Thérèse Diop), a young woman who moves from Dakar to Antibes to work for the wealthy French couple who had employed her as a nanny in pre-independence Senegal. Diouana anticipates an exciting new life in France, but her hopes are dashed by her employers’ harsh treatment, driving her to despair.

Made on a modest budget, the film is stylistically linked to Neorealism.

“The unsynchronized dialogue … gives the action a dreamlike quality and infuses an objectively grim, realistic story with poetry and longing.” —New York Times



February 26, 2017


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