La Noire de … (Black Girl)
Monday, January 29th, 7 PM
City of Asylum @ Alphabet City
40 W. North Ave. PGH, PA 15212
FREE but you must RSVP here
Q&A Lead by Fred Logan and Sabira Bushra
LA NOIRE DE… (BLACK GIRL)
Written/Directed by: Ousmane Sembéne
Country: Senegal Year: 1966 Language: French w/English Subtitles
Color Info: B&W Time: 65 minutes
Restored by: Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata and partners in 2016
SYNOPSIS (Courtesy of Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman)
In 1961, shortly after Senegal declared its independence from France, Ousmane Sembéne, a self-educated dockworker, assigned himself an impossible task: to create a true African cinema as a “night school” for his people. His explosive debut—a film described as the first African feature (true in spirit, if not in fact)—inspired a form of fearless, socially engaged, and uncompromising cinema across the globe.
La Noire de … (Black Girl) follows a young girl lured to France by a white bourgeoisie couple, who keep her locked in their flat as a housekeeper.
Nearly 50 years after its initial screenings, the visionary La Noire de … remains a gorgeous, shocking and of-the-moment African story.