EIGHT FILMS BY JEAN ROUCH (2017)
Included in this box are: Mammy Water (1956; 19 min), The Mad Masters (1956; 29 min), Moi, Un Noir (1959; 74 min), The Human Pyramid (1961; 93 min), The Lion Hunters (1967; 81 min), Jaguar (1967; 93 min), Little by Little (1971; 96 min), and The Punishment (1964; 64 min).
Jean Rouch was an inspiration for the French New Wave, and a revolutionary force in ethnography and the study of Africa. Beginning in 1955 with his most controversial film THE MAD MASTERS, through 1969’s darkly comic LITTLE BY LITTLE, these films represent the most sustained flourishing of Rouch’s practice of “shared anthropology,” a process of collaboration with his subjects.
Astonishing on their own terms, now restored and released for the first time, EIGHT FILMS BY JEAN ROUCH is essential for anyone interested in better understanding the development of ethnography and the cross-currents of colonialism and post-colonial social change in Africa, as well as documentary film practice, film history, and world cinema as a whole.
Included in this box set are eight newly restored films on four discs, a 24-page booklet with two essays about Rouch and his methodology, and a new documentary about Rouch, his films, and his influence on African cinema, JEAN ROUCH, THE ADVENTUROUS FILMMAKER.