The class struggle pure: black slaves against their white oppressors – and the audience is expected to show solidarity. The inner logic of the plot anticipates the propagandist appeal at the end: the oppressed should seek international solidarity; indeed, it would be best if they called on the Comintern for help immediately. A well-intentioned mixture of cartoon-film elements and conformist propaganda.
The film is an impressive example of how the highly unconventional Mezhrabpom-Studio sought to make good films, on the one hand, while being forced to comply with the demands of the state, on the other.
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