Movies

Black Girl

(1966, Directed by Ousmane Sembene)
Black Girl

A Senegalese woman takes a job and moves to France in search of a more cosmopolitan life, only to find herself alone, exploited, and running out of options in this seminal work of African cinema. Ousmane Sembene's iconic compositions and narrative realism make for an at once critical and loving corrective to the post-colonial aesthetics and worldviews of French nouvelle vague/New Wave cinema.

Free and open to the public.


Part of the 2016–2017 film series at the Schlesinger Library.

Famously, one is "not born a woman, but made." But what is she before?

This year-long film series will explore the power, precarity, and politics of "girlhood" through popular mythologies of "the girl" in narrative arts and visual culture.

Each evening's feature presentation will feature a brief introductory program of opening remarks, film shorts, and/or selected readings.

Curated by Katie B. Kohn, a doctoral candidate in the PhD program in film and visual studies through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.