Med Hondo shot his first feature – which is today considered to be one of the most important African films – in piecemeal fashion over the course of four years. Oh, Sun’s resulting episodes merge with upsetting coherence to depict the trials of an educated young African man who travels to France to look for work and investigate his own heritage. His searches for solidarity, understanding, and daily comfort, however, meet negation from every side. The film conveys tones of hard satire, sorrow, and anger towards his condition, in addition to overwhelming compassion.
Med Hondo Mohamed Abid Hondo (1936-2019, aka Med Hondo) was born in Mauritania and spent most of his life in France, where he worked as a theater, film, and voice actor. He was an essential filmmaker of post-colonial African cinema, and his masterworks include ‘West Indies’ (1979) and ‘Sarrounia’ (1986), which mix history with theatricality for the sake of educating and empowering their viewers.