Black Girl / La Noire de …

Director: Ousmane Sembène
Country: Senegal
Year: 1965
Running Time: 60 min.
Language: French

Black Girl picture

In the first years of independence in Senegal, Diouana, a beautiful and ambitious young woman, secures a job as a babysitter with a French couple working as “technical advisers” in Dakar. Seduced by the apparent kindness of her employer, Diouana enthusiastically accepts her offer to follow the family to the French Riviera, leaving behind a serious nationalistic young man who loves her. In France, Diouana finds herself a virtual prisoner, denied any time off, and forced to cook and clean as well as baby-sit. Diouana’s silent rebellion is strangely effective and foreshadows the film’s climax and ominous ending.

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