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Black Girl (La Noire de...)

Ousmane Sembène

Black Girl tells the tragic story of Diouana, a young Senegalese woman who finds work as a childminder for a French couple in Dakar. When the couple return to the south of France, she goes with them, dreaming of a life of luxury and fine clothes on the Côte d'Azur. However, things don't turn out as she planned.

The best film of 1969... a perfect short story... unlike anything in the film library: translucent and no tricks, amazingly pure, but spiritualized.” – Manny Farber (on the film's US release in 1969).