Shown in conjunction with Mickalene Thomas: Waiting on a Prime-time Star, Black Girl explores the complex dynamics and devastating legacy of colonialism. It centers on a young Senegalese woman who moves from Dakar to France to work for a rich white couple. Directed by father of African cinema Ousmane Sembène, Black Girl is the first African film to receive international acclaim. Martin Scorsese called it “an astonishing movie—so ferocious, so haunting, and so unlike anything we’d ever seen.”
1966; 1 h 5 min; French with English subtitles
Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman (2012) is artist Mickalene Thomas’ directorial debut film about her mother and artistic muse, Sandra Bush. Interspersed with excerpts from a conversation between the two are archival film clips, snapshots, and scenes of her mother–a former fashion model–in her hospital bed as she suffers the effects of the kidney disease.
2012; 23 min