Soleil Ô (Oh, Sun!)
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Soleil Ô (Oh, Sun!) Med Hondo, France/Mauritania, 1970, 98 min., b/w, French/Arabic w/ English subtitles Med Hondo’s landmark feature film combines documentary, guerrilla-style theatre, folklore and reenactment to tell the story of an African expatriate’s struggle to overcome the French colonial mentality as it manifests in his daily life in Paris. Soleil Ô is an utterly unique experimental film that sharply critiques Western European contradictions regarding race, immigration and labor. The film continues to resonate in the present moment. 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. Preceded by: Deep Dive: Postcolonial African Cinema Free public discussion with Suzanne Gauch, Professor at Temple University, begins at 6pm prior to this screening.