Black Girl/Borom Sarret
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(Nov 22, 2005)
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"Black Girl" is the tragic story of a pretty Senegalese woman who discovers the reality of racist exploitation in a most vicious manner. Like the "borom Sarret" cart driver, she is completely powerless, but moving to France takes away the little family protection she had in Senegal. In France, she is a "non-person", and this realisation is too much for her. There are millions of "Black Girls", men and women, who were forced to leave Africa and serve as the tree choppers and water bearers of the West. This ongoing crime is largely unnoticed by the affluent society, who only takes notice when "riots erupt" in the poor slums.
Sembene's movies should be given as much exposure as possible, in the hope of waking people up to this modern day slavery.
"Borom Sarret" is a story of a family man who earns a living driving a cart. Life is rough where he lives, but he is proud of who he is and where he comes from. On the other side, the city is filled with buildings and cars on the street. It is more modern than where he is living. However, modernity has its price and he sees it for what it is.
Both short films portray the optimism and disappointment post-colonial independence for the African people. Sembene gives a riveting picture of intra- and interracial relations; the economic struggle; and social expectations of Africa and Africans. This is a great movie to watch and discuss with among peers as to how it has changed for the better or for the worse.
Everyone should see this film!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first watched Black Girl in college and it opened my eyes. It involves the psychology of colonialism for Africans and Europeans. It explores identity and racism as well. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Drassie
Spoiler coming. It may save you much time and disappointment however.
This review is for Black Girl.
For most of this film it is so far so good. Read more
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So Simply made, the camera objectively recording all that takes place & has taken place leading up to the final violent act. Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by Philos
Note: This review only covers "Borom Sarret". Ousmane Sembene creates a sympathetic character who is down on his luck in post-Colonial Senegal. Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by Zia Haider
The delivery was as announced when I placed the order.
The only thing I did not like is the pure quality of the video. Read more