May 6, 2022 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
In conjunction with the Our Wake Up Call For Freedoms exhibition, UMOCA and the Utah Film Center are proud to present the 1970 French-Mauritanian film Soleil Ô, directed by Med Hondo.
“A furious cry of resistance against racist oppression and a revolutionary landmark of political cinema, this feature debut from Mauritanian director Med Hondo is a bitterly funny, dazzlingly experimental attack on capitalism and the legacy of colonialism. Soleil Ô follows a starry-eyed immigrant 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. With this freewheeling masterpiece, Hondo crafts a shattering vision of awakening Black consciousness.” —The Criterion Collection