“Girlhood” Because We Could Always Use A Movie About Black Female Friendship

January 28, 2015  |  

I’ve been wanting to share this film with you all for some time now. But since it was a French film and wasn’t showing the United States yet, I held off. But now that the movie is showing in New York City this weekend, (Sorry, to everyone else.), it’s time to share.

The film directed by Céline Sciamma, follows the lives of young Black women in a country where they are largely overlooked. In fact it was Sciamma’s experience, observing a group of Black teenagers out and about, that encouraged her to make this film.

The movie follows a quiet and observant 16-year-old Marieme, who is determined not to settle for the roles society has assigned to women like her. Marieme’s father is absent and her mother works quite often, so she and her younger sister are under her brother’s oppressive care.

But during the summer Marieme finds herself bonding with a group of girls as the fourth, replacement member of their sometime aggressive group. The girls help each other navigate through their adolescence while being girls, preoccupied with clothes, music and dancing.

Reviewers over at Shadow and Act have stated that the strength of the film lies in the authentic way in which female friendship is portrayed.

With so little content created for and about Black women, it’s refreshing to see this being done, even if it is across the water.

Take a look at the trailer for the film in the video below.

If you live in New York and are interested in seeing the film, you can get showtimes here.

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