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Black Girl (1966)

One of the most influential Sub-Saharan films, Black Girl (1966) was Ousmane Sembene’s feature debut. Black Girl follows the life of a Sengalese girl Diouana who works for a French mistress as a babysitter to her children. Diouana moves to France to work for the mistress, with hopes of doing good in the big city. […]

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Moolade (2004)

Moolaadé (Bambara french for “magical protection”) is a 2004 film directed by the pioneer Senegalese writer-director Ousmane Sembène, who is often considered as “the father of African Cinema”. Moolaadé explores the practice of female genital mutilation, a common practice in a number of African and non-African countries and poses itself as an utterly compelling, realistic […]

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Xala (1975)

A 1975 Senegalese film directed by Ousmane Sembene, Xala is based on Sembene’s 1973 novel of the same title. The word ‘Xala’, in Wolof, translates to temporary sexual impotency. As the name suggests, this satirical comedy follows the life of El Hadji – a Senegalese businessman who becomes afflicted with an erectile dysfunction on the […]