Photogramme : “La noire de…” (Ousmane Sembene, 1966) (by fannypouic)
Thérèse Mbissine Diop, dans le rôle de Diouana
In his pioneering 1966 film, Black Girl, the great Senegalese author and director, Ousmane Sembene, explores the complex dynamics of the immediate post-colonial period through the simple, devastating story of a Senegalese servant, Diouana (Mbissine Thérèse Diop), and her relationship to the unnamed French couple (Anne Marie Jelinek and Robert Fontaine) who employ her. Sembene reverses the Eurocentric convention where the French characters are those who are individualized and the colonized represent their group.
“A powerful film, it deals with one of the most common themes in African cinema: the after-effects of colonialism and racism. But it also deals with another common trope in African cinema: characters who wish to move from Africa to either Europe or America in order to start a better life only to have their dreams shattered.” -youtube commenter