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Fourth Wednesdays at the Trylon

The Mizna Film Series is a monthly selection of programs, marking Mizna’s first venture into year-round curated film programming. While the annual Film Festival organized by the St. Paul-based organization focuses primarily on the works of contemporary artists, the Mizna Film Series provides a space to expand Mizna’s regular film programming to include screenings, critical essays, filmmaker interviews, and discussions exploring revolutionary forms of cinema from the Southwest Asia and North Africa region and beyond. This series is presented virtually and in-person in collaboration with the Trylon Cinema.

For the first screenings, Mizna highlights recently restored classics. Film histories often exclusively highlight the works of Hollywood filmmakers and European auteurs, and these limited histories are maintained through practices of film restoration and preservation. Organizations like Cineteca di Bologna and Janus Films are part of a movement to restore, digitize, distribute, and exhibit films that expand our understanding and vision of cinema’s past.

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Past Films in this Series

Starts Wed, February 24


(1970, DCP, 98m) dir Med Hondo w/Robert Liensol, Théo Légitimus, Ambroise M'Bia. A bitterly funny, stylistically explosive attack on Western capitalism and colonialism, Soleil Ô follows a starry-eyed immigrant as he leaves West Africa for Paris in search of a job and cultural enrichment. He soon discovers a hostile society in which his very presence elicits fear and resentment. Hondo deploys an array of narrative and stylistic techniques—animation, docudrama, dream sequences, musical numbers, folklore, slapstick comedy, agitprop—to create a landmark of…

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