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Oh, Sun
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OH, SUN

Soleil Ô

Directed by Med Hondo
Mauritania, France, 1970
Drama

Synopsis

A young man arrives in Paris from Mauritania where he hopes to make a ‘better’ life for himself. Finding it extremely hard to find a job or an apartment although an educated man, and on the receiving end of condescending sexual advances from women, he will soon face discrimination from all angles.

Synopsis

A young man arrives in Paris from Mauritania where he hopes to make a ‘better’ life for himself. Finding it extremely hard to find a job or an apartment although an educated man, and on the receiving end of condescending sexual advances from women, he will soon face discrimination from all angles.

Our take

A labor of love and fury, Med Hondo’s acerbic debut exposes the blatant racism of 1960s France, where African immigrants are forced to culturally assimilate yet kept economically enslaved. Shattering the egalitarian myths of Paris, this fiery classic attests to the radical possibilities of cinema.