Med Hondo

Soleil Ô

Soleil Ô

A furious cry of resistance against racist oppression, the debut from Mauritanian director Med Hondo is a bitterly funny, stylistically explosive attack on Western capitalism and the lingering legacy of colonialism. Laced with deadly irony and righteous anger, Soleil Ô follows a starry-eyed immigrant (Robert Liensol) as he leaves West Africa and journeys to Paris in search of a job, a community, and intellectual engagement—but soon discovers a hostile society where his very presence engenders fear and resentment. Drawing on the freewheeling experimentation of the French New Wave, Hondo deploys a dizzying array of narrative and stylistic techniques—animation, docudrama, dream sequences, musical numbers, folklore, slapstick comedy, agitprop—to create a revolutionary landmark of political cinema and a shattering vision of awakening black consciousness.

Film Info

  • Med Hondo
  • France, Mauritania
  • 1970
  • 98 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • French, Arabic
  • Spine #1049

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Soleil Ô
Cast
Robert Liensol
Théo Légitimus
Gabriel Glissand
Graig Germain
Mabousso Lô
Alfred Panou
Les Black Echos
Ambroise M’Bia
Akonio Dolo
Jean Baptiste Tiemele
Georges Hilarion
Djibrill
Jean Edmond
Credits
Director
Med Hondo
Screenplay
Med Hondo
Cinematography
François Catonné
Cinematography
Jean-Claude Rahaga
Editor
Michèle Masnier
Editor
Clément Menuet
Music
Georges Anderson
Sound
Jean Paul Loublier
Sound
Yves Allard
Sound
Alain Contrault
Set design
Med Hondo
Camera
Denis Bertrand
Animation
Jean-François Laguionie
Still photographer
Pio Santini