Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature


As a pioneer of African fi lmmaking, Ousmane Sembène has demonstrated a remarkable dedication to exploring the importance of women in African society. From the struggle against colonial oppression by Diouana in La Noire de… (1966) at the beginning of his career, to the character of Kiné and her struggle to build a life for her children in postcolonial Senegal in Faat Kiné (2000), Sembène has portrayed African women as agents of change and courage in their societies. This essay explores women’s representations in two fi lms from Sembène’s oeuvre, including Black Girl (1966) and Faat Kine (2000). Using narrative and aesthetic analysis, I will explore how Sembène’s representations of female characters portrayed in his fi lms refl ect contemporary experiences of the time, making these characters important to understanding the development of contemporary African issues.



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