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Med Hondo: A founding father of African cinema

by Beckypublished on 8th June 2022

French children recognise Hondo as the voice of Donkey in Shrek. But to a generation of cinema-goers, Hondo was a radical filmmaker who used his creativity as a tool to fight injustice, wherever he saw it.

This is the story of Mohamed “Med” Hondo, from his humble beginnings in Mauritania, to smuggling himself on board a ship to France, to finding recognition as a modern African cinema director and actor. Hondo’s films challenged racism in Europe and historic colonialism in Africa.

He also found great success dubbing the voices of famous Hollywood actors into French, including Eddie Murphy and Morgan Freeman.

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