Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, July 03, 2010

4:00 PM

(Senegal/1965—directed by Ousmane Sembène)
The first feature-length film by Senegal’s Ousmane Sembène – often cited as marking the birth of the modern African cinema – tells the tragic, inevitable story of a young Senegalese maid’s forced exile when her white employers want to use her as a servant at their home in the south of France. By focusing on the emotional toll taken on a single human being, the great Sembène has fashioned one of the simplest yet most powerfully disturbing depictions of the dehumanizing power of racism. Plus: Sembène’s 1964 short film Borom Sarret is a compact and eloquent portrait of a Dakar cart-driver’s daily struggle for survival. Both in French with English subtitles. (80 min. total)
The Sembène works being shown this season are presented in conjunction with the DIA's exhibition Through African Eyes, which continues through August 8. This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Generous support has been provided by the Friends of African and African American Art, the DTE Energy Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.
Free with museum admission.