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Black Girl

Ousmane Sembène

Black Girl (Criterion Blu-Ray)

24 Jan 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Senegal, France
  • 1966
  • 59 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Wolof, French
  • Spine #852

Ousmane Sembène was one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived, as well as the most renowned African director of the twentieth century—and yet his name still deserves to be better known in the rest of the world. He made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring Black Girl. Sembène, who was also an acclaimed novelist in his native Senegal, transforms a deceptively simple plot—about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white family and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a prison, both figuratively and literally—into a complexly layered critique of the lingering colonialist mind-set of a supposedly postcolonial world. Featuring a moving central performance by M’Bissine Thérèse Diop, Black Girl is a harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement—and one of the essential films of the 1960s.


DirectorOusmane Sembène
Written byOusmane Sembène
Produced byAndré Zwoboda
Based on a novella byOusmane Sembène
Director of photographyChristian Lacoste
EditorAndré Gaudier
Production managerAndré Zwoboda
Assistant directorsIbrahima Barro and Pathé Diop
With the participation ofMinistère de la Coopération

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, undertaken by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 4K restoration of the short film Borom sarret, director Ousmane Sembène’s acclaimed 1963 debut
  • New interviews with scholars Manthia Diawara and Samba Gadjigo
  • Excerpt from a 1966 broadcast of JT de 20h, featuring Sembène accepting the Prix Jean Vigo for Black Girl
  • New interview with actor M’Bissine Thérèse Diop
  • Sembène: The Making of African Cinema, a 1994 documentary about the filmmaker by Diawara and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
  • Alternate color sequence
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Ashley Clark

    New cover by Eric Skillman



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Black Girl (Criterion DVD)

24 Jan 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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