Movie Night: Oh, Sun (Soleil Ô)
A thought-provoking film on universal issues such as racism
"Oh, Sun” (Soleil Ô) is the story of a Mauritanian man who moves to Paris in search for a job and a better life. But as he’s, place after place, rejected by potential employers, he realised racism is deeply rooted into French society. No one will offer him an interview, no landlord will let him a decent apartment, and women only give him humiliation. What follows is a long reflection with African comrades on slavery, oppression, humiliation, immigration and contempt.
Med Hondo’s "Oh, Sun" is often perceived as a radical critique of French society as it forces us out of our comfort zone by shoving all those injustices in our faces. But only so can we really look into the roots of racism, confront them and approach critically issues of domination and “Otherness” not only in France, but in Europe, the West and here too, in East Asia.