Item #5254 Black Girl [La noire de...]

Black Girl [La noire de...]

[Senegal]: [Filmi Domirev], [1973]. Item #5254

Silkscreen. Poster 30 x 20 in.;
framed, 32 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. Very good.

Poster produced in Senegal for the British theatrical release of the 1966 film Black Girl (orig: La noire de...) directed by Ousmane Sembene, starring Mbissine Therese Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, and Momar Nar Sene. Sembene’s first feature length film, it follows the story of a young black woman who moves from Senegal to France with hopes of a new cosmopolitan lifestyle, but is instead subjected to abuse by the couple for whom she nannies and alienation from French society. The wordplay and questions of possession and origin implicit in the French title, and in the film itself, are unfortunately lost in the English translation – it is difficult to capture in English the varied meanings: "the black girl/woman of...", "someone’s black girl", or "the black girl from." Black Girl is considered the first Sub-Saharan film by an African director to reach an international audience. The film’s thematics remain depressingly topical, as African migrants continue to face abuse and racism in France with migrant women often only able tofind jobs as domestic workers.


Status: On Hold