La Noire De… (Senegal: 1966)


Ousmane Sembène

Cast list

Mbissine Thérèse Diop Diouana
Anne-Marie Jelinek Madame (Anne-Marie Jelinek)
Robert Fontaine Monsieur
Momar Nar Sene Diouana’s Boyfriend
Ibrahima Boy Boy with Mask


Writing Credits: Ousmane Sembène
Cinematography: Christian Lacoste


A Senegalese woman is eager to find a better life abroad. She takes a job as a governess for a French family, but finds her duties reduced to those of a maid after the family moves from Dakar to the south of France. In her new country, the woman is constantly made aware of her race and mistreated by her employers. Her hope for better times turns to disillusionment and she falls into isolation and despair. The harsh treatment leads her to consider suicide the only way out.


Roger Ebert, Black Girl/Borom Sarret, Roger Ebert Online

A.H. Weiler, Screen: 2 From Senegal: Feature and Short are at the New Yorker, The New York Times

Didion, The "Black Girl" speaks, 1966, Feminema Wordpress

Talibah Newman, La Noire De: An Understanding of the Film “Black Girl,” Yahoo Voices 

Lieve Spass, “Female Domestic Labor and Third World Politics in La Noire De …”, Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media  

Academic Articles:

Adesokan, Akin. “The Significance of Ousmane Sembène.” World Literature Today. 82.1 Jan.-Feb. 2008: 37-39. Jstor. Web. 14 Dec. 2013

Pallister, Janis. From “La Noire de. . .” to “Milk and Honey”: Portraits of the Alienated African Woman.” Mordern Language Studies (1992): 76-87. Print.

Mortimer, Robert. Ousman Sembene and the Cinema of Decolonization.” African Arts. 5.3 (1972): 26, 27, 64, 68, 84. Print.

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