“Illustrates Sembène’s unique sensitivity to strong female characters.” – Time Out New York
“A stark, inventive portrait of colonial displacement.” – J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
A Senegalese maid employed in the Cote d’Azur is confined to the kitchen and treated like an object—forced to defend her humanity against a new form of slavery. Sembene’s assured debut, shot in arresting black and white, screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Prix Jean Vigo. 1966, 35mm, in French with English subtitles, 65 minutes.
Post-screening discussion led by Charles Sugnet, associate professor, English department, University of Minnesota.