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Med Hondo: Africa from the Seine

ICO Archive Screening Day 2019: West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty

+ intro by Kevin Le Gendre, author and broadcaster

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 ICO Archive Screening Day 2019: West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty + intro by Kevin Le Gendre, author and broadcaster

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.

Introduced in partnership with ICO Archive Screening Day.

See more Screening Day events: Broadway Rhythm, and Talk: Race in the Hollywood Musical.

See other screenings of West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty.


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