One of the founding works of African cinema; Senegalese director Senbène’s first feature is a strikingly complex exploration of racial and cultural prejudice that combines the social-realist project of neo-realism with the spare but freewheeling aesthetics of the nouvelle vague.
Screens with Borom sarret (Ousmane Senbène, 22 mins, Senegal, 1963) - Senbène’s ground-breaking first film. This tale of an impoverished cart driver in Dakar is widely considered to be the first film made by a black African in Africa.
Both films have been restored by The Film Foundation World Cinema Project, courtesy of Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Based on a real event, this pioneering postcolonial film follows a young Senegalese woman who moves from Dakar to the Riviera, first as nanny and then maid to a French family.