Filmmaker and anthropologist

Jean Rouch

Jean Rouch would go on to chronicle a period of extraordinary change in Africa, from colonialism through independence and up to the present. His films give us insights into such aspects as possession rituals, social life, and migration, as well as the life of the imagination in this time period. Among his most influential films are the landmark cinéma-vérité film Chronique d'un été, which was shot in Paris, and the 'ethnofiction' films Jaguar and Moi, un noir, in which the lines between truth and fiction, and dream and reality, are often blurred. Rouch was clearly present in his films, bringing in elements of improvisation and provocation.

© Jean Rouch: A Tribute

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