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Soleil Ô

Soleil Ô

Soleil Ô

1970 / 98min / DCP

DIRECTOR: MED HONDO

CAST: ROBERT LIENSOL, THéO LéGITIMUS, GABRIEL GLISSANT

A landmark of the emerging African cinema at the moment of European disinvestment, Mauritanian Hondo’s Soleil Ô is a gripping, intimate narrative of the diaspora experience. An African laborer happily heads for a better life in Paris, only to discover the colonial mindset is alive, well, and suffocating. Speaking of the struggle he faced making the movie, Hondo said, “I decided to make films to bring some black faces to the lily-white French screens, which have been ignoring us and the black contribution to the world for years.”

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.

Soleil Ô is screening as part of Metrograph A to Z, a collection of films we think everybody should see.