The Lion Hunters


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The Lion Hunters

  1. Sunday, February 17, 2013 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film The Lion Hunters
This screening of The Lion Hunters will be preceded by a screening of Mammy Water.

Shot on the border between Niger and Mali over a period of seven years, The Lion Hunters is Jean Rouch’s documentation of the lion hunt performed by the bow hunters of the Songhay people. Rouch said that he made the film “to try to give the audience a feeling of what I myself felt as I was learning the way of the lion hunt”. The film portrays the immediacy of the hunt, but it also explores the complex social organization that underlies it, and the difficult questions entailed by its representation. (DigiBeta presentation)