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A woman gazing down at the floor with a look of resignation.
Black Girl

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Black Girl

Unclassified 15+

African Visions: A Collaboration With The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

11 May

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.

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  • 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.