Black Girl (1965)

Ousmane Sembène’s film not only heralded the birth of African cinema, but also auto-ethnography.

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  • La Noire de… Original French
  • A Negress from... Alternative


Sembène’s account of a young Senegalese woman who takes a job in the home of a bourgeois French family recalls Jean Rouch’s tales of everyday struggle in urban West Africa. But, crucially, the perspective is completely that of the African, not the Africanist (who Sembène once accused of ‘looking at us like insects’).

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