Black Girl / Borom Sarret (DVD)
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Two films from "the greatest of all African filmmakers" (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Film Comment). Black Girl (1966, 60 mins.), Ousmane Sembene's first feature-length film, is a major statement against the lingering culture of colonialism. A Senegalese woman, working as a governess for a French family, 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, causing her to fall into isolation and despair. Borom Sarret (1963, 20 mins.) follows a horse-cart driver in Dakar struggling through the day and witnessing the immense gulf between the poor and the bourgeoisie. "The most seminal work of African cinema" (Ephraim Katz, The Film Encyclopedia). Both films in French with English subtitles.