Ousmane Sembène believed that film could return the dignity to Africa that colonial films and commercial industries in Hollywood and France worked to destroy. His film Black Girl (La Noire de...) explores the inner thoughts of Diouana, a young woman who leaves independent Sénégal for work in the former colonial métropole of France. Also set in Sénégal, Sembène's short film Borom sarret explores the limitations to movement between neighborhoods in Dakar. Both films make use of complex camera angles and post-synchronized sound to solidify the director's position as a filmmaker of international stature. (Black Girl: Director: Ousmane Sembène | France / Senegal | 1966 | 65 Minutes | French w/ English Subtitles)
Introduction by Dale Hudson Film and New Media, NYUAD
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