Hommage to Jean Rouch

“Never film with a hidden camera, never steal images, always involve the others in under­stand­ing the pro­ce­dure, with all that that involves. And that includes giving the people I have filmed the chance to watch these films later.” Using this con­cept of “cinéma vérité” Jean Rouch, born in 1917, goes to work behind the camera. A master of ethno­graph­i­cal films, he has shot around 120 films. Encoun­ters between dif­fer­ent African cul­tures, and the meet­ing of black and white cul­tures play a cen­tral role in Rouch´s cin­e­mat­ic works. 

COCORICO! MONSIEUR POULET

Jean Rouch
France, Niger 1974 | 90 Min. | 35 mm, OF

A film that por­trays the adven­tures of three friends in the Niger­ian bush. Lam decides to travel into the bush in an old 2CV van and with a helper, to buy some chick­ens in the vil­lages in order to go into busi­ness. A third person, inte­grat­ed after a fash­ion into the group, weak­ens the already pre­car­i­ous organ­i­sa­tion of this ven­ture. The van plays a lead­ing role in their jour­ney, which leads them from Niamey into the bush. The trip is char­ac­terised by out­ra­geous events such as the meet­ing with a she-devil or the cross­ing of the Niger, all pre­texts for count­less dis­cus­sions and tor­rents of words.

CONVERSATION WITH JEAN ROUCH

Ann McIntosh
USA 2004 | 36 Min. | Video
This inti­mate, reveal­ing film of con­ver­sa­tions between Jean Rouch and a number of film­mak­ers and friends includ­ing John Mar­shall is unlike any past films on Rouch’s life and work. It … read more

FRIENDS, FOOLS, FAMILY

ROUCH'S COLLABORATORS IN NIGER

Anne Mette Jørgensen, Berit Madsen
Denmark 2005 | 83 Min. | DV Cam, OmeU
In 2003 Berit Madsen und Anne Mette Jør­gensen went to Niger to make a film with Damouré Zika, Moussa Hami­dou and Tallou Mouzourane, Rouch’s col­lab­o­ra­tors. The film­mak­ers had seen them … read more

SCREENING ROOM WITH ROBERT GARDNER, JEAN ROUCH

Robert Gardner
USA 1980 | 64 Min. | DVD, OF
SCREENING ROOM was a 1970s Boston tele­vi­sion series that for almost ten years offered inde­pen­dent film­mak­ers a chance to show and dis­cuss their work. The series was devel­oped and hosted … read more