Black girl ; Borom Sarret / [videorecording DVD] Borom Sarret directed by Ousmane Sembène. - Dual format Blu-ray/DVD edition. - 2 videodiscs (1 DVD, 1 Blu-ray) (80 min.) : sound, black and white, colour ; 4 3/4 in + 1 booklet (16 pages ; 16 cm)

Black girl originally released in 1966. Borom Sarret originally released in 1963. Includes an illustrated booklet featuring new essays by Samba Gadjigo and Alain Sembene, and full film credits.

Special feature include: Theatrical and alternative colour-sequence versions of Black girl -- 'Snatches of conversation with M'Bissine Therese Diop' (2005, 14 min.) interview with the star of Black girl -- 'Sembene: the making of African cinema' (Manthia Diawara, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, 1994, 60 min.), award winning documentary about the pioneering filmmaker -- 'Sembene: A portrait' (D Senihes, B Josse, 2003, 12 min.), illustrated chronology of the director's life in film.

Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine.

'His first major work, Black Girl, is a sophisticated drama which won the 1966 Prix Jean Vigo, and which tells the story of Diouanne (Thérèse M'Bisine Diop), a young Senegalese woman eager to find a better life and who takes a job as a governess for a bourgeois French family. Mistreated by her employers, Diouanne's hopes turn to disillusionment and she descends into a state of isolation and despair. Sembène draws from the Nouvelle Vague, but the film's heart and soul is most definitely African.' -- container. 'Sembène's directional debut, the short Borom Sarret, was the first ever indigenous black African film. An allegorical tale exploring poverty and inequality, it follows the difficult life of a hard-up cart driver in Dakar.' -- container.

Certificate 15.


Dialogue in French with subtitles in English.



BFIB1223 British film institute


Women, Black--Senegal--Drama.
Women, Black--France--Drama.
Women household employees--France--Drama.
Racism--France--Drama.


Dakar (Senegal)--Social life and customs--Drama.


Feature films

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