The Mad Masters


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The Mad Masters

  1. Thursday, February 7, 2013 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Mad Masters
The screening of Les Maîtres Fous (The Mad Masters) will be immediately followed by a screening of Moi, Un Noir.

In the most controversial film by Jean Rouch, the bustling city of Accra sets the stage for a collision between traditional and modern. From Accra, we travel to a ceremony where music swells as participants are possessed - sleepwalking, speaking in tongues, and eventually collapsing to the ground. Using a hand-held camera and quick cuts, Rouch creates an effect he later called “ciné-trance”. After the ceremony, it’s back to daily life in Accra as laborers, low-ranking soldiers, or pickpockets. Rouch suggests that the ritual serves as a psychological release from the dehumanizing powers of colonization. (DigiBeta presentation)