Influential French documentarian Jean Rouch is the focus of a retrospective at the IU Cinema this month.  The series opens tonight at 6:30 pm with a double header of Les Maîtres Fous and Moi, un Noir.


Rouch’s 1967 classic Jaguar will screen on Saturday, February 9 at 6:30 pm.  Mammy Water and The Lion Hunters will close the series on Sunday, February 17 at 6:30 pm.

For more on Jean Rouch, check out African film scholar Manthia Diawara’s 1995 documentary, Rouch in Reverse.  Diawara turns the ethnographic camera on Rouch in an act of “reverse anthropology.”   Trailer HERE.

The Shared Ethnography of Jean Rouch coincides with a nationwide tour following Icarus Films’ acquisition of the North American rights for six of Rouch’s films.  The series is co-sponsored by the BFC/A, the Departments of Communication and Culture, Anthropology, History, French and Italian, the African Studies Program and the IU Cinema.

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