Friday, August 12

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Black Girl

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Black Girl – dir Ousmane Sembene

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50th Anniversary!

(1966) dir Ousmane Sembene w/Mbissine Therese Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinck, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene [65 min; DCP]
Ousmane Sembène, one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived and the most internationally renowned African director of the twentieth century, made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring BLACK GIRL (La noire de…). Sembène, who was also an acclaimed novelist in his native Senegal, transforms a deceptively simple plot – about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white couple and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a figurative and literal prison – into a complex, layered critique on the lingering colonialist mindset of a supposedly postcolonial world. Featuring a moving central performance by Mbissine Thérèse Diop, BLACK GIRL is a harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement – and one of the essential films of the 1960s.

“A remarkable personal-is-political drama, set in barely postcolonial Senegal and France.” – Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

“Ousmane Sembène’s groundbreaking film dazzles 50 years on.” – Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

“Sembene keeps his metaphors under control, and the result is a message movie with an unusual depth of characterization.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“Formally spartan, Ousmane Sembène’s Black Girl is dense with cool fury.” – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice


Buy Tickets: Black Girl

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Friday 8/12
at 3:00 5:00 7:00 PM
Saturday 8/13
at 2:30 4:00 5:30 7:00 PM
Sunday 8/14
at 3:00 5:00 7:00 PM

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