Ousmane Sembène: Black Girl + Borom Sarret @ Close-Up Cinema, London [18 August]

Ousmane Sembène: Black Girl + Borom Sarret

19:30 - 22:30

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Close-Up Cinema
97 Sclater Street, E1 6HR London, United Kingdom
Borom Sarret
Ousmane Sembène
1964 | 19 min | B/W | 35mm

“Sembene’s first film, Borom Sarret (“cart owner”) chronicles a day in the life of a beleaguered horse-cart driver in Dakar. In spite of the material limitations of the production — if not because of the challenges they posed – Borom Sarret manages to create a powerful social statement as it combines simple means with complex observations on bureaucracy, religion, and the anonymity of the modern city. Compressing his narrative into a mere nineteen minutes, Sembene conveys the condition of Senegal’s urban poor as he situates their experience in the larger social panorama of post-independence Africa.” – Harvard Film Archive

Black Girl
Ousmane Sembène
1965 | 65 min | B/W | 35mm

“Regarded as the first major film in the evolution of African cinema, Black Girl chronicles the bitter and unambiguous story of a young Senegalese woman who is hired on the “maid market” in Dakar and taken to the Riviera by her white French employers. Under conditions that Sembene saw as a new form of slavery, she falls into the ultimate despair of isolation and invisibility. Inspired by a news story, the film made a profound impression at international film festivals in 1966. The first work by a sub-Saharan black director to have been seen outside the continent, Black Girl represents the essential first step in Sembene’s self-described project to counter the “neocolonialism [that] is passed on culturally through the cinema.”” – Harvard Film Archive


Tickets: £10 / £8 conc. / £6 Close-Up members
Box Office: 02037847970

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