Black girl

Black girl

DVD - 2017 | French
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"Ousmane Sembène ... made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring Black Girl. 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 family and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a prison, both figuratively and literally--into a complexly layered critique of the lingering colonialist mind-set of a supposedly postcolonial world"--Container.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
Edition: Two-DVD special edition Fullscreen version, DVD edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781681432489
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (59 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in + 1 insert
video file,DVD video,region 1
DVD video,4 3/4 in


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Jan 31, 2017

The two films on this Criterion Collection issue are highly important in film history. After eons of European White Supremacist domination of Africa, one of the films, a 20 minute 1963 short “Borom Sarret” AKA “The Wagoner” was produced and released. This seems to be the first film ever directed by a Black African. Three years later this same director released his first feature length film, “Black Girl.” No longer would the world have to depend on white supremacists to relay to the world the lives of the people in Africa. This was mirrored in America where Hollywood for decades refused to portray Black Americans in roles suggesting that Blacks were more than mere buffoons or menial servants.


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