Robert Liensol as Visitor
Yane Barry as White Girl
Bernard Fresson as Friend
Théo Légitimus as Afro Girl
Les Black Echos
Written by: Med Hondo
Music by: George Anderson
Cinematography by: François Catonné and Jean-Claude Rahaga
Edited by: Michèle Masnier and Clément Menuet
Production Design by: Med Hondo
Sound: Yves Allard, Alain Contreau, and Jean-Paul Loublier
Camera Operator: Denis Bertrand
Camera Assistant: François Pailleux
Animation: Jean-François Laguionie
An eager Mauritanian man (Robert Liensol) is selected for work in Paris. Expecting a better life and new experience, he prepares for his departure from home. Despite being well educated, the man has trouble finding work or housing and faces blatant racism and terrible living conditions. African workers organize a union, hoping to find support from African bureaucrats in Paris, but soon finds them all to be corrupt and unwilling to help. The man befriends some White Parisians but finds that they have a continued condescending attitude of colonization towards third-world countries as well. With his identity crisis coming to a head, the man runs into the woods after the sound of drums calling him home.
Pfaff, Françoise. "The Films of Med Hondo: An African Filmmaker in Paris." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media. 2006. Accessed March 18, 2018. https://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC31folder/HondoFilms.html.
Simonpillai, Radheyan. "Soleil O shines spotlight on Med Hondo." NOW Magazine. August 03, 2016. Accessed March 18, 2018. https://nowtoronto.com/movies/reviews/soleil-o-shines-spotlight-on-med-hondo/.
Elmi, Rooney. "Med Hondo is the African Auteur You Need to See." TIFF. August 01, 2016. Accessed March 18, 2018. https://www.tiff.net/the-review/med-hondo-is-the-african-auteur-you-need-to-see/.
Petty, Sheila. “The Archeology of Origin: Transnational Visions of Africa in a Borderless Cinema.” African Studies Review 42, no. 2 (1999): 73-86. doi:10.2307/525365.
Lizelle Bisschoff, David Murphy. “Africa’s Lost Classics: Introduction.” Screen 48, no. 4, 1 (2007), 493–499, https://doi.org/10.1093/screen/hjm050.
Ukadike, N. Frank. “African Films: A Retrospective and A Vision for the Future.” Critical Arts7, no. 1-2 (1993): 43-60. https://doi.org/10.1080/02560049385310041.
Teshome H Gabriel. “Teaching Third World Cinema.” Screen 24, no. 2, 1, (1983), 60–65, https://doi.org/10.1093/screen/24.2.60.
Pfaff, Françoise. “Five West African Filmmakers on Their Films.” Issue: A Journal of Opinion 20, no. 2 (1992): 31–37. doi:10.1017/S1548450500004303.