Film - Feature | November 17 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Part of the "1968 and Global Cinema" series, guest curated by IES Visiting Scholar Christina Gerhardt
Soleil Ô, which takes its title from a West Indies song about the pain of Africans enslaved in the Caribbean, is a powerful depiction of immigrant experience, focused on a laborer who moves to Paris from West Africa in hopes of a better life. Instead he encounters a new iteration of slavery, postcolonial styleunemployment, institutional indifference, police hostility, and entrenched racism. Med Hondo relates, All the scenes were based on reality. Because racism isnt invented, especially in film. Its like a kind of cloak put on you, that youre forced to live with.
Guest curator Christina Gerhardt will be present to introduce the film and discuss her new book 1968 and Global Cinema, coedited with Sara Saljoughi.