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Name: CRITERION COLLECTION
Number: CRRN2720BR

BLACK GIRL (1966) (BLU-RAY)

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.

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 Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Alternate color sequence
Trailer
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: An essay by critic Ashley Clark

Senegal, France
1966
59 minutes
Black and White
1.37:1
Wolof, French

  
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