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THE DARK OF NIGHT

THE DARK OF NIGHT

Robin WRIGHT

Country : United states

OH, SUN
Cannes Classics - World Cinema Project

SOLEIL Ô

(OH, SUN)

Directed by : Med HONDO

Year of production : 1969 Country : MAURITANIA, FRANCE Length : 98 minutes

Synopsis

In an unnamed French colony in West Africa, black men line up before a white priest for baptism and renaming—the first step in a process that simultaneously deracinates and subjugates them. In France, colonial blacks, encouraged by propaganda, arrive to seek a better life. What they find is unemployment or a handful of ‘dirty’ jobs, unacceptable living conditions, naked racism, and bureaucratic indifference. Searching for a new form, Med Hondo has eschewed all conventional narrative. From the stylized and surreal opening sequences to the episodic adventures of a particular man, the director presents a series of imaginative set pieces, linked by voice-over narrative, that investigate and dramatize a complex of interrelated themes. A scathing attack on colonialism, the film is also a shocking exposé of racism and a brutal and ironic indictment of Western capitalist values.

Credits

Med HONDO - Director

François Catonné - Director of Photography

Jean-Claude Rahaga - Director of Photography

Michèle Masnier - Film Editor

Clément Menuet - Film Editor

Georges Anderson - Film music composer

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SOLEIL Ô

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