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South by South: Oh, Sun (Soleil Ô)
WED 4 OCT 2023
Past event

A man wearing a hat and reading a newspaper stands against a white wall.

Still from Soleil Ô (Oh, Sun), 1970.

Mauritanian filmmaker Med Hondo’s Soleil Ô (Oh, Sun), 1970 is a critique of Western capitalism, anti-Blackness and the socio-political conditions that migrants face.

Combining faux-documentary, animation and comedy, the film tells the story of a man who moves to Paris. He is hopeful that he will find a better life in the city but soon realises that this is not the case. He experiences unemployment, bad living conditions, racism, capitalism and complicated immigration laws.

Hondo was an untrained director, working with no financing, mainly on weekends, with untrained actors. This experimental masterpiece, made over three years, is as relevant today as it was in the 1970s.

The movie is not only a bitter firsthand analysis of economic migration but also a similarly cutting critique of systemic white supremacy. – J. Hoberman, The New York Times

The film was restored in 2017 by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation.

Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in collaboration with Med Hondo. Restoration funded by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project.

The film will be shown in French with English subtitles.

Please arrive promptly for a 7pm start.


South by South is a quarterly film screening at the South London Gallery. The programme, which is now in its thirteenth year, focuses on presenting cinema from Africa and the diaspora to audiences in the UK. South by South is programmed by Awa Konaté.


  • Room will be dark 
  • The film is captioned. 
  • Run time is 1hr 40 mins 
  • Wheelchair access and accessible toilets are available at this site.
  • Please contact with any additional access requirements or questions.