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Humanities Center

University Film Series

La Noire de... ( Black Girl )

Monday, April 12 at 6:00 PM

(Senegal-France, 1966) 55 minutes. Directed by Ousmane Sembène.    

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Introduced by Dr. Nathaniel Heggins Bryant (English). 

Often hailed as one of the most important sub-Saharan African films ever made, La noire de… follows a young Senegalese woman named Diouana who travels from her home in Dakar to France because she aspires to become a worldly citizen and to escape a life limited by few jobs and resources. She soon realizes that despite Senegal’s recent independence, French attitudes about their former colony, rooted in racism, are alive and well. Winner of the 1966 Prix Jean Vigo, La noire de… was writer, novelist, director, and social activist Ousmane Sembène’s first feature-length film in his own storied filmmaking career, and it helped usher in a new era of anti-colonial and African-authored films across the continent beginning in the late 1960s. 


This film would be of particular interest to those studying or working in 20th century African history, film, and cultures; the politics of imperialism, colonialism, and anti-colonialism; critical race studies; multicultural and gender studies; 20th century world cinema; and labor studies.

This event is generously sponsored by the Humanities Center and is in support of the 2020-21 Book in Common, Ibram X. Kendi's How to be an Antiracist.

Art and Social Change

With the 2020-21 theme, Art and Social Change, the Humanities Center seeks to inspire discussion about the ways that art can help us understand the past, engage with current social concerns, and envision the future. Events will highlight interdisciplinary humanities research and creative activity on the impact of the arts on society, locally and internationally. Focusing on intersectional issues of social justice, including systemic racism, sexism, and economic disparity, we will engage scholars, students, and the community in conversation on how art reflects and provokes social change.