West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty


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West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty
Med Hondo, 1979
Mauritania | 113 minutes

A single-set color musical tracing the history of the West Indies through several centuries of French oppression, Med Hondo’s hugely ambitious magnum opus was at the time the most expensive African film ever made (it cost $1.35 million). A work of scathing satire and mirthful anger, West Indies has remained largely out of circulation since its premiere in 1979. It’s a story of Western oppression told with the stylistic flourishes of big-budget Western cinema, a distinctly African take on the Hollywood musical, and a one-of-a-kind film primed for rediscovery.

Series: Cinema of Resistance

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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