La Noire de...

Based on the novel "Tribal Scars" by Ousmane Sembène

In Dakar, a young woman is hired as a housekeeper by a white family whom she follows to France.

Diouana is a young Senegalese woman living in a poor village not far from Dakar after Senegal's independence. Like many other residents, she want to find a job. So, she goes around the city looking for a position as a cleaner or nanny, but is turned down. She meets a man who points her to a place where she might possibly find what she is looking for.

After spending long days waiting under the scorching heat with other women, "Madame" approaches her and offers her a job, taking care of their children for her and her husband. Diouana is satisfied with her new job, so it's no surprise that she accepts to follow them to Antibes, France. She hopes to discover the country, but soon realizes that her boss has brought her here only to serve as an all-purpose maid, with no respite.


Mbissine Thérèse Diop (Diouana), Anne-Marie Jelinek (Madame), Robert Fontaine (Monsieur), Momar Nar Sene (The young man), Ousmane Sembene (The Teacher), Ibrahima Boy, Bernard Delbaro, Nicole Donati, Raymond Lemery, Suzanne Lemery


Prix Jean Vigo 1964
Carthage Film Festival 1966 : Golden Tanit
Pyongyang Film Festival 1966 : Best Directing
World Festival of Black Arts 1966 : Grand Prize

  • Directing / Screenplay

    Sembene Ousmane

  • Assistant director

    Ibrahima Barro

  • Photography

    Christian Lacoste

  • Editing

    André Gaudier

  • Production companies

    Filmi Domirev, Les Actualités Françaises

  • Technical information

    65 minutes - 1.37 - 35mm - Noir et Blanc / Couleur - Mono

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