Early Ousmane Sembène Film Series: Black Girl / Borom Sarret

Black woman wearing white turban, large white flower earrings and white pearl necklace against a grey background
Thursday, September 14, 2023 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm
Humanities Quadrangle, L02
320 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511
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Black Girl (Ousmane Sembène, 1966, DCP, 65 mins)
Borom Sarret (Ousmane Sembène, 1963, 16mm, 20 mins)

Post-screening discussion! Sembène’s first short and first feature—both shot in black and white—explore pressures on labor in postcolonial Senegal’s early years, as seen through Borom Sarret’s wagon tour of Dakar and Black Girl’s stifling sojourn to France. “Essential viewing for the well-rounded film lover” (Jordan Hoffman). In French with English subtitles. DCP from Janus Films, 16mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

The series “Early Ousmane Sembène: The First Films from the Father of African Cinema” is presented by the Yale Film Archive and the Whitney Humanities Center in celebration of the centenary of Sembène’s birth.