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Black Girl

Newly restored
May 18—May 24, 2016
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RUN TIME: 85min
MEMBERS: $7 (free for Level 4 and above)
May 2016
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Wednesday May 18, 2016
Performances no longer available.
Directed by Ousmane Sembène
“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

Father of African cinema Ousmane Sembène’s feature debut is one of the most important films ever made about race. Senegalese housemaid Diouana (Diop) is brought to France by the white family she works for, finding herself isolated in an unfamiliar country and trapped in a life of domestic servitude, a situation that the dignified Diouana refuses to accept. Both a landmark of world cinema and a devastating indictment of colonialism’s tragic legacy, Black Girl is the first African film to receive international acclaim; Martin Scorsese called it: “an astonishing movie—so ferocious, so haunting, and so unlike anything we’d ever seen.” Sembène’s luminous black and white images have a direct expressive power, and they gleam anew in this restoration.

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.

New 4k restorations restored from the original camera and sound negatives. A Janus Films release. 

Restored by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project, in collaboration with Sembène Estate, Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, INA, Eclair laboratories and Centre National de Cinématographie.

Restoration carried out at the Cineteca di Bologna/ L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.

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FilmAfrica 2016
May 25—May 30, 2016
FilmAfrica 2016
May 25—May 30, 2016

This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best fiction and documentary from Ghana, Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria, and beyond, including a special focus on Senegal.

Sat, May 28, 2016
Sat, May 28, 2016

Sembene! tells the remarkable story of the father of African cinema, Ousmane Sembène, and features rare archival footage.

+ Q&A with directors at 2pm