Moi, Un Noir


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Moi, Un Noir

  1. Thursday, February 7, 2013 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Moi un Noir
This screening of Moi, Un Noir will be preceded by a screening of Les Maîtres Fous (The Mad Masters) (1955).

Moi, Un Noir marked Jean Rouch’s break with traditional ethnography, and his embrace of the collaborative and improvisatory strategies he called “shared ethnography”. The film depicts an ordinary week in the lives of men and women from Niger who have migrated to Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire for work. Narration is provided by one of its subjects, whose freewheeling commentary describes the bitter reality of life there, while leaving room for his richly detailed inner life. The film’s stylistic innovations had a profound influence on the French New Wave, and Jean-Luc Godard commented that it “…is, in effect, the most daring of films and the humblest.” (DigiBeta presentation)