Black Girl / La Noire de…


Ousmane Sembène / Senegal / 1965 / 60mins / Drama / French


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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. About Ousmane Sembène


New 4K digital restoration, undertaken by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna

4K restoration of the short film Borom sarret, director Ousmane Sembène’s acclaimed 1963 debut

New interviews with scholars Manthia Diawara and Samba Gadjigo

Excerpt from a 1966 broadcast of JT de 20h, featuring Sembène accepting the Prix Jean Vigo for Black Girl

New interview with actor M’Bissine Thérèse Diop

Sembène: The Making of African Cinema, a 1994 documentary about the filmmaker by Diawara and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Alternate color sequence

Black Girl Trailer

New English subtitle translation

PLUS: An essay by critic Ashley Clark