SUN MAR 24, 2024 4:00 PM

WEST INDIES: THE FUGITIVE SLAVES OF LIBERTY

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

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  • RELEASED IN: 1979
  • 116 MINUTES
  • DIRECTED BY: Med Hondo

ABOUT THE FILM: 

In French with English subtitles. 

Mauritanian French director Med Hondo’s WEST INDIES: THE FUGITIVE SLAVES OF LIBERTY proved a watershed event for African cinema—the continent’s first musical as well as a sui generis amalgam of historical epic, Broadway revue, Brechtian theater, and joyous agitprop. Using an enormous mock slave ship as the film’s only soundstage, Hondo mounts intricately choreographed reenactments and dance numbers across his multipurpose set to investigate more than three centuries of imperialist oppression. The story traverses the West Indies, Europe, and the Middle Passage; jumps across time to depict the effects of official French policy upon the colonized, the enslaved, and their descendants; and surveys the actions and motivations of the resigned, the revolutionary, and the powers that be (along with their lackeys).No mere extravaganza, WEST INDIES: THE FUGITIVE SLAVES OF LIBERTY is a call to arms for a spectacular yet critical cinematic reimagining of an entire people’s history of resistance and struggle.

FORMAT: DCP

DISTRIBUTOR: Janus Films

COUNTRY: Mauritania