La Noire de… (Black Girl) is Senegalese filmmaker Sembène Ousmane’s 1966 movie starring Thérèse Mbissine Diop. The film is often noted as the first Sub-Saharan African film by an African filmmaker to received international recognition.
The film which won the 1966 Prix Jean Vido accolade explores colonization, racism and post-colonial identity in Africa and Europe in the sixties.
A bitter story of exile and despair as a Senegalese maid is taken to the Riviera by her employers. Once out of Africa she realises what being African means: being a thing,’the black girl’. Stylishly shot, Black Girl never loses sight of its central theme of the myth of de-colonisation. From a true story.