|Directed by||Med Hondo|
|Written by||Med Hondo|
|Music by||George Anderson|
|Distributed by||USA: New Yorker Films|
|France: January 4, 1973
USA: March 14, 1973
Belgium: December 18, 1975
UK: December 3, 2003
The film Soleil Ô, shot over four years with a very low budget, tells the story of a black immigrant who makes his way to Paris in search of “his Gaul ancestors”. This filmic manifesto denounces a new form of slavery: The immigrants desperately seek work and a place to live, but find themselves face to face with indifference, rejection, and humiliation, before heeding the final call for uprising.
“Soleil Ô” is the title of a West Indian song that tells of the pain of the black people from Dahomey (now Benin) who were taken to the Caribbean as slaves.
- Yane Barry as White Girl
- Bernard Fresson as Friend
- Greg Germain
- Théo Légitimus as Afro Girl
- Robert Liensol as Visitor
- Armand Meffre
The film played during the International Critics' Week at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival where it received critical acclaim. It received a Golden Leopard award at the 1970 Locarno International Film Festival.
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- "Winners of the Golden Leopard". Locarno International Film Festival Official Site. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
- Herx, Henry (1988). "Soleil-O". The Family Guide to Movies on Video. The Crossroad Publishing Company. p. 249 (pre-release version). ISBN 0-8245-0816-5.
- African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT (license CC BY-SA)
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