Considered the starting point of African cinema, and based on his own novel, La Noire de… is Ousmane Sembène’s first feature film. A complex, layered critique on the lingering colonialist mindset of a supposedly postcolonial world, it is also a stylish film set between Dakar and Antibes. Diouana, a young Senegalese woman moves to France to work for a wealthy white couple and what looked like a bright and exciting opportunity turns out to be a figurative and literal prison. As Diouana cleans the couple’s apartment in western clothes and jewelry with her innate poise, her timeless beauty is enhanced by their simplicity. Style is her small rebellion in face of circumstances.
Preceded by an introduction and followed by a conversation between Christine Checinska and Elisabeth Murray, Curator and Project Curator of the Africa Fashion exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum and a selection of fashion films as part of the series Fashion and Cinema
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