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Black Girl ()

La noire de... (original title)
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A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.

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

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Ousmane Sembene

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Ousmane Sembene ... (based on a novella by)
 
Ousmane Sembene ... (writer)

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André Zwoboda ... producer

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Christian Lacoste

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André Gaudier

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André Zwoboda ... production manager

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Ibrahima Barro ... assistant camera
Pathé Diop ... assistant camera

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Toto Bissainthe ... voice dubbing: Mbissine Thérèse Diop
Sophie Leclerc ... voice dubbing: Anne-Marie Jelinek
Robert Marcy ... voice dubbing: Robert Fontaine

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Black Girl (Canada, English title)
  • Black Girl (United States)
  • Crnkinja (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbian title)
  • La negra de... (Mexico)
  • Crnkinja (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnian title)
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  • 65 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Twenty Years of African Cinema (1983). See more »

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