Jean Rouch and Modernity
A presentation of unpublished films by Jean Rouch and discussion with Jean-Pierre Dozan, Valerie Berty, Jamie Berthe, and Catherine Ruelle, moderated by Shanny Peer
To mark the 100-year anniversary of the birth of anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, the Maison Française presents a selection of unfinished, unpublished films by the filmmaker, including “Monsieur Albert, Prophète” (Côte d’Ivoire, 1962-63) and “Moi fatigué debout, moi couché” (Niger, 1966-97). These will be presented and discussed by three specialists of Jean Rouch’s work. About half of his oeuvre remained unfinished and unpublished. Rouch was an adherent of improvisation, or “creative disorder,” when filming and constructing his works in the editing process. Fluidity and indeterminacy are characteristic of his style, creating a dialogue and tension in his oeuvre between the finished and the unfinished.
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