Enfant du Siècle’s review published on Letterboxd:
Diouana is a young senegalese who leaves her poor neighbourhood in Dakar to move to the french city of Antibes to work as a babysitter. The great illusion she had of discovering France, buying beautiful dresses, and enjoying a different life fade away shortly after her arrival. Diouana feels trapped within the walls of the apartment, despite the beautiful view of the Cote d'Azur she feels subjected to the imposition of a series of domestic duties and the lack of respect she is treated by the mistress. A couple of photographs, a mask and a suitcase containing her few belongings are all she has left along with the nostalgic memories of the days when she looked for work and walked the streets of Senegal.
La noire de… is a film that examines in a simple way, with an almost documentary look, the effects of colonialism, identity, class and racism in the mid-twentieth century. The protagonist is seen by the bourgeoisie as an inferior being, almost an animal guided by its instinct who comes from an exotic place. Diuoana seems to symbolize Africa, always looking north, so close and so far from Europe, without voice and whose existence seems unimportant to anyone. Her rebellious act is cruel and painful, she refuses to lose her dignity and to be submissive, she would rather free herself. The end is a simple but powerful plea about conscience, guilt and the moral obligation of the fractured empires that imposed a way of life, habits, customs and even a worldview on others and whose scars have yet to heal.