Date: 05/18/2016 - 05/24/2016

Time: All Day

Location: Brooklyn Academy of Music (30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn)

Price: $14 in advance

Father of African cinema Ousmane Sembène’s feature debut is one of the most important films ever made about race. Senegalese housemaid Diouana (Diop) is brought to France by the white family she works for, finding herself isolated in an unfamiliar country and trapped in a life of domestic servitude, a situation that the dignified Diouana refuses to accept. Both a landmark of world cinema and a devastating indictment of colonialism’s tragic legacy, Black Girl is the first African film to receive international acclaim; Martin Scorsese called it: “an astonishing movie—so ferocious, so haunting, and so unlike anything we’d ever seen.” Sembène’s luminous black and white images have a direct expressive power, and they gleam anew in this restoration. Screens with Borom Sarret (1963), Sembène’s first film is a neorealist look at the hardscrabble life of a wagon driver who encounters a cross-section of Dakar’s inhabitants as he makes his rounds through the streets of the city.

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