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Screening double bill: Black Girl + The Sleeper, with intro from Miranda Ar...

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These films will be introduced by Miranda Armstrong, researcher at Goldsmiths, with a brief talk on issues surrounding black single motherhood.

Black Girl (La noire de…)
Visually striking and devastatingly shocking, Black Girl (La noire de…) remains a formative work of world cinema. Through its deceptively simple approach, acclaimed Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène’s groundbreaking first feature explicitly addresses the complex and violent legacy of colonialism. Mbissine Thérèse Diop delivers an intense and mesmerising performance as Diouana, a servant who dreams of a better life. Diouana leaves Dakar to work for a young white couple on the French Riviera, but her glamorous fantasies are brutally crushed when she is confined to the never-ending chores and routines of their tiny apartment. Described by Martin Scorsese as “an astonishing movie—so ferocious, so haunting, and so unlike anything we’d ever seen”, Black Girl makes a powerful political statement within a stirring human drama.

Senegal/France, 1966, 60 mins
Directed by Ousmane Sembène
Cast: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene, Ibrahima Boy

Rated 15 for scene of suicide, bloody images

The Sleeper (Die Schläferin)
Intimate and absorbing, the short docufiction The Sleeper (Die Schläferin) reconstructs and imagines the stories of two inconspicuous women whose personalities were forcibly hidden behind their roles as wives and homemakers. Extrinsically determined throughout their lives, the only way the women could end the spiral of everyday violence was to resort to violence themselves. We witness an apartment with a humming fridge, a pot steaming on the stove and a TV playing in the background. The scenes simmer with overwhelming tension, as if something is about to happen, or just took place. Alike the women themselves, the homemaker is omnipresent, though she never appears.

Germany, 2019, 17 mins
Directed by Alex Gerbaulet
Narrated by Alex Gerbaulet, Susanne Sachsse, Sibylle Dordel


This double bill is part of our season, Lives Unwritten: Women and Domestic Work on Film. Check out the other films we're screening in March and April.


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