Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:00 PM FREE
(Med Hondo, 1970, France/Mauritania, DCP, 98 min.)
In French and Arabic with English subtitles
One of the most important works of post-colonial cinema, Med Hondo’s SOLEIL Ô confronts the racism and exploitation of French society through the eyes of a Mauritanian immigrant worker in Paris. Working independently on a tight budget, Hondo refracts his own experiences—and his deep insight into centuries-old structures of oppression—through an ironic and subversive sense of humor. Unseen for years, this formally audacious, politically galvanizing film has lost none of its power, or its relevance, since it first appeared in 1970.
Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in collaboration with Med Hondo. Restoration funded by the George Lucas Family Foundation and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project.
Part of the film series
Personal Passages: African Filmmakers in Europe
Personal Passages responds to the concurrent Block exhibitions CARAVANS OF GOLD and ISAAC JULIEN: THE LEOPARD (WESTERN UNION: SMALL BOATS) through a series of films which illuminate 20th and 21st century migrant experiences across the Mediterranean. While dozens of films have been made by European filmmakers addressing the challenges faced by refugees and immigrants to Europe, the films in this series, made by Tunisian, Mauritanian and Malian emigré filmmakers, all provide more intimate perspectives on these experiences of displacement and diaspora.