Let’s take a brief moment away from Tik Tok to enjoy some true culture, shall we? Founder and Creative Director of Tongoro Studio, Sarah Diouf reveals her all-time favourite films in an exclusive chat with SCHICK – a rich selection of Black and African films, some of which have been called “revolutionary” and “the greatest African film made” by the likes of the BBC.
Black Girl, 1966
A Senegalese woman is eager to find a better life abroad. She takes a job as a governess for a French family but finds her duties reduced to those of a maid after the family moves from Dakar to the south of France. In her new country, the woman is constantly made aware of her race and mistreated by her employers. Her hope for better times turns to disillusionment and she falls into isolation and despair.
Karmen Geï, 1976
Karmen Geï is about the conflict between the infinite desire for freedom and the laws, conventions, languages, the human limitations which constrain that desire.
Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro), 1959
Orpheus is a streetcar conductor; Eurydice has just jilted her lover and is attempting to escape his wrath. Orpheus himself falls in love with Eurydice, whereupon her ex-lover, disguised as the Angel of Death shows up and kills Eurydice. To reclaim his lost love, Orpheus enters “Hell” (the Rio morgue) and uses supernatural methods to revive the dead girl.
Desert Flower, 2009
Waris Dirie, born 1965 in Somalia, flees at 13 when sold as a fourth wife. She ends up as a maid at the Somalian embassy in London, then a fast-food restaurant, where she’s discovered and becomes an international top model. as she becomes an international success in the glamorous world of high fashion, Waris can’t escape the cruel irony that while she’s known for her sex appeal, the mutilation from her youth prevents her from fully enjoying lovemaking, and she uses her rising fame to speak out against the barbaric practise still forced upon many young girls in the Third World
Touki Bouki (Journey of the Hyena), 1973
Two youngsters attempt to escape what they perceive to be the poverty and backwardness of their native Senegal. In this movie, a boy and girl try to gather the funds and connections to enable them to move to France. They believe they will find better wages and a better life there.