27.8. Thursday

19:00 Filmforum Museum Ludwig


R: Med Hondo;

Mauretanien/Frankreich 1970;

OF arab./frz. m. engl. UT; DCP; 98 min.

“(…) THE ONLY way to fight is to nationalise all cinema auditoriums and distribution syndicates. Yes, we do need a national cinema because there is a time for everything: a time for suffering, a time for reflection and a time for telling the truth. This moment has now arrived.”
(Med Hondo, ‚Les bicots nègres vos voisins‘, 1973)
Paris in the 1960s: a Mauritanian immigrant experiences the racism and indifference within French society while looking for work and a place to live. In a mixture of cinéma verité, satire, surrealism and Eisensteinian montage, Med Hondo’s debut film denounces the offences and consequences of colonialism and capitalism. An act of anger and liberation that brought him instant fame as a voice for avant-garde, politically charged African cinema.

In cooperation with Filmforum NRW e. V. as part of the series FILM HISTORIES: MANIFESTOS