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at MOCAD • 4454 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201

Doors 5:00 p.m. | Film at 6:30 p.m.

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Mauritanian director Med Hondo’s WEST INDIES: THE FUGITIVE SLAVES OF LIBERTY was a watershed event for African cinema—the continent’s first musical as well as a unique 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 is a call to arms for a spectacular yet critical cinematic reimagining of an entire people’s history of resistance and struggle.

France/Algeria/Mauritania. 1979. 

In French with English subtitles.

Co-written and directed by Med Hondo.

Running time 116 min.

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