Born in Mauritania in 1936, by 18, Med Hondo was training as a chef in Morocco before emigrating to France in 1959.  He also found small roles in film and television, observing the film-making process.  In these years, on a miniscule budget, and part financed by taking dubbing work on American movies, Hondo began making Soleil Ô, a film capturing his experiences of looking for a better life in Paris. The process took four years, but the result was accepted into Critics Week in Cannes, 1970. Possibly equally angry films were made at the time but Hondo shows from the start his powers as a real filmmaker.  He thinks in images, not polemics.

Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in collaboration with Med Hondo. Restoration funded by the George Lucas Family Foundation and The Film

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