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october, 2019

23oct6:00 pmFeminist Media(tions): Screening of 'Black Girl'


Event Details

Feminist Media(tions): Screening of ‘Black Girl’

Led by Isaac Jean-Francois with Professor Manthia Diawara (NYU)

cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

About the Speaker

Manthia Diawara is a Malian writer, filmmaker, cultural theorist, scholar, art historian and Professor of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies at NYU.He is the author of We Won’t Budge: An African Exile in the World (Basic Civitas Books, 2003), Black-American Cinema: Aesthetics and Spectatorship (ed. Routledge, 1993), African Cinema: Politics and Culture (Indiana University Press, 1992), and In Search of Africa (Harvard University Press, 1998).  He has published widely on the topic of film and literature of the Black Diaspora.  Professor Diawara also collaborated with Ngûgî wa Thiong’o in making the documentary Sembene Ousmane: The Making of the African Cinema, and directed the German-produced documentary Rouch in Reverse.

About the Film

Black Girl is a 1966 film directed by Ousmane Sembène, the most renowned African director of the twentieth century. Sembène transforms a deceptively simple plot—about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white family and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a prison, both figuratively and literally—into a complexly layered critique of the lingering colonialist mind-set of a supposedly postcolonial world.



(Wednesday) 6:00 pm


IRWGS Seminar Room, 754 Schermerhorn Ext


The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality is the locus of interdisciplinary feminist and queer scholarship and teaching at Columbia University.

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