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Black Girl (1966)

La noire de... (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1966 (Senegal)
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A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.

Director:

Ousmane Sembene

Writers:

Ousmane Sembene (based on a novella by), Ousmane Sembene
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mbissine Thérèse Diop Mbissine Thérèse Diop ... Diouana
Anne-Marie Jelinek Anne-Marie Jelinek ... Madame (as Anne-Marie Jelinck)
Robert Fontaine Robert Fontaine ... Monsieur
Momar Nar Sene Momar Nar Sene ... Diouana's Boyfriend
Ibrahima Boy Ibrahima Boy ... Boy with Mask
Bernard Delbard Bernard Delbard ... Young Male Guest
Nicole Donati Nicole Donati ... Young Female Guest
Raymond Lemeri Raymond Lemeri ... Old Male Guest (as Raymond Lemery)
Suzanne Lemeri Suzanne Lemeri ... Old Female Guest (as Suzanne Lemery)
Philippe Philippe ... Couple's Oldest Son
Sophie Sophie ... Couple's Daughter
Damien Damien ... Couple's Youngest Son
Toto Bissainthe Toto Bissainthe ... Diouana (voice)
Robert Marcy Robert Marcy ... Monsieur (voice)
Sophie Leclerc Sophie Leclerc ... Madame (voice)
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Storyline

A Senegalese woman is eager to find a better life abroad. She takes a job as a governess for a French family, but finds her duties reduced to those of a maid after the family moves from Dakar to the south of France. In her new country, the woman is constantly made aware of her race and mistreated by her employers. Her hope for better times turns to disillusionment and she falls into isolation and despair. The harsh treatment leads her to consider suicide the only way out. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Country:

Senegal | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1966 (Senegal) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is believed to be the first feature film made by a black African in sub-Saharan Africa. See more »

Alternate Versions

A 70 min. version includes a color sequence. It was cut to adjust to the length requirements of the French producers. See more »

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Referenced in Xala (1975) See more »

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Decent but Lacked Depth
27 February 2019 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

This movie ventured outside of my normal purview. This was a French film that was very much an independent film. It was clearly low budget, much like a student film. I had no problem with that, nor did I have a problem with the subtitles. Where the movie lost me was with the main character, Diouna. She was very attractive but she lacked any range whatsoever. Her emotions ranged from mild indifference to slightly sullen. And she had extremely few lines besides the voice over narration.

Ultimately, I think it lacked true depth. I see the message that they were trying to convey: money, France (Europe)--and by extension--white people aren't all that glamorous. There was only so much Diouna was going to do for a paycheck. I think the movie was too elementary and only touch the surface. I think a wider range of emotions and situations could've helped to drive home the overall sentiment.


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