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Tournées French Film Festival: La Noire de…/ Black Girl

October 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


La Noire de...

The first film of the Tournées Film Festival will be Sembene’s La Noire de… All films have English subtitles.
The first film by Senegalese master Ousmane Sembène and the first feature produced in sub-Saharan Africa, Black Girl is the story of Diouana, an illiterate nursemaid from Dakar who follows her French employers to the Côte d’Azur with dreams of discovering France. But once in Antibes, she finds herself enslaved, trapped in the couple’s well-appointed holiday apartment and on the receiving end of their domestic frustrations. Her ensuing rebellion is both a desperate act and one of the great cries of cinematic outrage. Despite its short running time, Black Girl is an extraordinarily dense film, packed with unexpected narrative turns and human and political insight. The rage at its heart is concealed by the clean lines of Sembène’s black and white photography of the south of France and Dakar, his seductive montage, and the hum of Senegalese pop music on the soundtrack. But make no mistake: this is a work of subversion, a human-scaled tragedy for the age of anti-colonialism.As an on-the-ground analysis of the cause and effects of domination, it has few rivals. As a powerful example of cinema’s ability to give voice to the disenfranchised, it stands alone as a painfully timely, masterful work of art.

Free and open to all. Free cookies will be provided; free parking on campus.

Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment. The Alliance is also a proud sponsor of this festival at Saint Michael’s College.

Please contact Laurence Clerfeuille lclerfeuille@smcvt.edu with any questions that you may have.


October 11, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Saint Michael’s College – Room Cheray 111
One Winooski Park
Colchester, VT United States
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