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French with English/Thai subtitles

  • Friday 21 July, 9.00pm
  • Saturday 22 July, 4.15pm
  • Sunday 23 July, 11.15am
  • Sunday 23 July, 9.00pm
  • Tuesday 25 July, 4.15pm
  • Friday 28 July, 6.45pm
  • Saturday 29 July, 4.15pm
  • Sunday 30 July, 1.45pm
  • Tuesday 1 August, 5pm
  • Thursday 3 August, 7.30pm
  • Friday 4 August, 9.00pm
  • Saturday 5 August, 4.15pm
  • Sunday 6 August, 1.45pm

Ousmane Sembène was one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived, as well as the most internationally renowned African director of the twentieth century but his name 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 couple 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.


“It’s at this point that African cinema begins” — Jonathan Rosenbaum

“An Astonishing movie” — Martin Scorsese

“A remarkable personal-is-political drama, set in barely postcolonial Senegal and France.” - Seattle Times

“Mr. Sembène makes his point neatly and dramatically.” New York Times

“An intimate, straightforwardly realistic drama.” New Yorker

Director: Ousmane Sembène
Country: China, Netherlands
Duration: 60 mins 
Year: 1966

Screens with short film Astronaut, directed by Kardpol Nitipisanon