Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Jean Rouch

Jean Rouch (1917-2004) was a French film maker and anthropologist whose films often focused on life in Africa.

Burial in the Cliff documents funeral ceremonies of the Dogon on Mali.
part 1:

part 2:

Les Tambours d'Avant is a documentary short which portrays a possession ritual in Nigeria. This version has no English intertitles, but is easily understandable without them:

The Mad Masters, another documentary short, is online in 3 parts. It is a graphic portrayal of religious ritual among the Hauka. I found this disturbing to watch as this was documentary film of an actual ceremony, and the people, believing themselves possessed by the spirits of old Western colonial powers, slaughter a dog and drink the blood from its throat. Don't say I didn't warn you.
part 1:

part 2:

part 3:

Hippopotamus Hunt is online in 4 parts. Part 1 is here:

and you can see part 2 here, part 3 here and part 4 here.

These documentaries are fascinating!

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