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Jean Rouch: Eight+ Films

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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The Jean Rouch: Eight+ Films includes the following titles:

Jaguar - imageJaguar

A playful film that finds three African men performing an ethnography of their own culture.

Icarus Films | 1967 | 88 minutes | 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
Jean Rouch, the Adventurous Filmmaker - imageJean Rouch, the Adventurous Filmmaker

A documentary about Jean Rouch, his films, and his influence on African cinema.

Icarus Films | 2017 | 55 minutes
Little By Little - imageLittle By Little

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

Icarus Films | 1969 | 92 minutes | 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
Mammy Water - imageMammy Water

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

Icarus Films | 1956 | 18 minutes | 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
Moi, Un Noir - imageMoi, 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 | 1958 | 70 minutes | 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
The Human Pyramid - imageThe Human Pyramid

Jean Rouch's docu-drama revealing how working together to make a film changes the attitudes of the participants towards each other.

Icarus Films | 1961 | 93 minutes
The Lion Hunters - imageThe 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 | 1965 | 77 minutes | 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
The Mad Masters - imageThe Mad Masters

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

Icarus Films | 1955 | 28 minutes | 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
The Punishment - imageThe Punishment

An aimless young woman is sent home from school with nothing to do. Drifting through the streets of Paris, she comes across a variety of people.

Icarus Films | 1962 | 64 minutes

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