Introduced by Karen Alexander.
Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine upon arrival.
Racism, colonial oppression and injustice were recurring themes for Senegalese author Ousmane Sembène, who in the 1960s turned from literature to the cinema in order for his social message to reach a broader audience. Mbissine Thérèse Diop plays Diouna, a black nanny to a French family. Initially lured by a more glamorous life (symbolised by second-hand fashion received from her boss and a promise of a shopping trip), she is brought from Dakar to the south of France, into the alien world of an airless apartment where memories of her heritage are played out against the backdrop of a repressive world ruled by status and race. Sembène’s first feature film, Black Girl received much critical attention and won the prestigious Grand Prix Jean Vigo.
France/Senegal 1966. Dir. Ousmane Sembène. With Mbissine Thérèse Diop and Anne-Marie Jelinek.
+ As Dreams Are Made Of...
UK 1965. Dir. Peter Colbourne. Produced by Courtaulds Photo Unit; sponsored by Courtaulds. With Aldine Honey and Sonia Beasley.
In Peter Colbourne’s colourful short film, fashion becomes the stuff of dreams while sleeping and dreaming is the common thread that links up a series of unconventional fashion presentations. Listening to a fashion show on the radio, model Aldine Honey dozes off to dream herself in various fashionable scenarios that serve to promote major British fashion houses of the day, from Hardy Amies and Norman Hartnell, to John Cavanagh or Lachasse. Some of these scenes are sumptuous, some humorous, and others downright bizarre. Perhaps there is a small debt here to Marcel L'Herbier's seminal 1939 fashion film La Mode rêvée (Dreamed Fashion).
Karen Alexander is a London-based curator and writer specialising in film and artist moving image. Most recently she has consulted the BFI on the Black Star film season.