Black Girl

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Grand Illusion Cinema says
July 29 – August 4
New Restoration! 50th anniversary!

Fri: 715pm
Sat: 530pm, 715pm & 9pm
Sun: 530pm & 715pm
Mon-Thur: 715pm & 9pm

“An astonishing movie.” Martin Scorsese

“For all the simplicity of the materials and the fablelike aspects of the story, a complex and passionate intelligence is shaping the meaning in every scene.” Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

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. Screens with Borom Sarret (1963), Sembène’s first film is a neorealist look at the hardscrabble life of a wagon driver who encounters a cross-section of Dakar’s inhabitants as he makes his rounds through the streets of the city. In French with English subtitles.

Ousmane Sembène / 1966, Senegal
85min / Digital
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By: Grand Illusion Cinema

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