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Mar 23 – Mar 29, 2012

Black Girl

Dir. Ousmane Sembene Senegal/France 60 min Not Rated

1966 New Yorker Films

French with English subtitles

Black Girl

Friday, March 23 – Thursday, March 29

Ousmane Sembene’s debut feature made a profound impression at international film festivals in 1966, and the evolution of African cinema can be dated from this point. Shot in a simple, New Wave style, it tells a bitter story of exile and despair. The heroine is a Senegalese maid taken to the Riviera by her employers. Once out of Africa she realizes what being African means: it means being a thing: “the black girl.” Sober and restrained, Black Girl never loses sight of its central theme of the myth of decolonization. (New Yorker Films)

SquishTalks Film: Join Film Streams and SquishTalks with Stuart Chittenden for a conversation after Ousmane Sembene’s BLACK GIRL — Tuesday, March 27 at 7:15pm (showtime), with discussion following (8:30pm) in the Film Streams Conference Room. Only 10 spaces available! Participants will be selected by lottery — submit your name and contact information by emailing To learn more about Squish, which offers a simple opportunity to engage more deeply through the medium of conversation, check out Stuart’s excellent TEDx talk on why Conversation Matters.

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