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Jean Rouch: Six Films

Six of renowned ethnographer Jean Rouch's most highly regarded works.

The West African films of French ethnographer Jean Rouch revolutionized both cinema and the practice of ethnography in the 20th century.

The six Rouch titles distributed by Icarus include his most highly regarded works. The full set represents the period of his most sustained creative flourishing, in which he developed the techniques of "ethno-fiction" and "ciné-trance". He described his practice during as this era as "shared anthropology", which he said "appears to me to be the only morally and scientifically feasible anthropological attitude today."

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JaguarJaguar

In Jean Rouch's collaborative ethnofiction, three Nigerian men journey to Accra for work.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 88 minutes ♦ 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
The Lion HuntersThe Lion Hunters

Jean Rouch's self-reflexive depiction of lion hunting among the Songhay people of Niger, and the social structure that underlies it.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 77 minutes ♦ 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
Little By LittleLittle By Little

Jean Rouch brings his Nigerien collaborators to France to perform a reverse ethnography of late-1960s Parisian life.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 92 minutes ♦ 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
The Mad MastersThe Mad Masters

Jean Rouch depicts a Hauka possession ceremony that doubles as a theatrical protest against The Gold Coast's colonial rulers.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 28 minutes ♦ 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
Mammy WaterMammy Water

A gentle portrait by Jean Rouch of the spiritual traditions of a fishing village in the Gulf of Guinea.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 18 minutes ♦ 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
Moi, Un NoirMoi, Un Noir

In this landmark documentary, Jean Rouch collaborates with his subjects to produce a complex portrait of Nigerien migrants in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 70 minutes ♦ 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT

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