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Oh, Sun (1967)

Soleil Ô (original title)
A native of Mauritania is delighted when he is chosen to work in Paris. However, he is disappointed when he sees racial inequity as blacks are relegated to manual labor while less skilled whites are given preferential treatment.

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Med Hondo

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Med Hondo
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Credited cast:
Robert Liensol Robert Liensol
Théo Légitimus Théo Légitimus
Gabriel Glissant Gabriel Glissant
Mabousso Lo Mabousso Lo
Bernard Fresson
Gilles Ségal
Alfred Anou Alfred Anou
Les Black Echos Les Black Echos
Ambroise M'Bia Ambroise M'Bia
Akonio Dolo Akonio Dolo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yane Barry Yane Barry
Greg Germain Greg Germain
Sarah Hardenberg Sarah Hardenberg ... Blonde #2
Armand Meffre Armand Meffre
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A native of Mauritania is delighted when he is chosen to work in Paris. Hoping to parlay the experience into a better life for himself, he eagerly prepares for his departure from his native land. Although an educated man, he has extreme difficulty finding work and an apartment. He sees racial inequity as blacks are relegated to manual labor while less skilled whites are given preferential treatment. A dinner with a liberal white friend even reveals a continuing attitude of colonization towards third world countries. The disappointed man runs off to the woods where he hears the far off cry of the jungle drums calling him home from a cold and indifferent land. Written by Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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A film made in 1970 still relevant in 2017!
13 October 2017 | by a_malik-992-868823See all my reviews

I saw this as part of the BFI film festival in October 2017 in London. I was curious because it featured immigration from Mauritania, a country I had visited decades before, to France, who were the colonialist rulers of Mauritania.

The film starts in a really interesting and visual manner with many of the first scenes framing whats to come in the rest of the movie.

The themes in the movie are as relevant now in 2017 as they were back in the 1960's/70's. The acting is acceptable, and one can only marvel at the innovative way the film is made on such a low budget.

I was laughing, crying, dismaying, basically this film makes the viewer go through a gamut of emotions.

I think this film should be essential viewing for anyone interested in colonialism, racism, immigration, and last but not least, African cinema.


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Country:

France | Mauritania

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

November 1967 (Mauritania) See more »

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Grey Films, Shango Films See more »
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