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Med Hondo: Africa from the Seine

West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty

West Indies ou les nègres marrons de la liberté

This inventive take on the Hollywood musical was, at the time, the most expensive African movie ever made.

Image from West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty

France-Algeria-Mauritania 1979
Dir Med Hondo
113min
35mm
English subtitles

This rarely screened MGM-inspired musical was, in its day, the most expensive African film ever made. Adapted by writer Daniel Boukman from his own work, and seven years in the making, this vast musical fresco covers hundreds of years of history from enslavement to 20th-century immigration. It’s set on an enormous slave ship and boasts a dazzling array of brilliant choreography, wide-ranging musical styles, sharp satire and captivating and poignant lyricism.

The screening on Thu 5 Dec is showing as part of ICO Archive Screening Day and will be introduced by Kevin Le Gendre, author and broadcaster.


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