The Shared Ethnography of Jean Rouch
Jean Rouch’s breakthrough work in cinéma vérité helped inspire the Direct
Cinema movement in the U.S. and the New Wave in France, where he
was a key figure in the Cinémathèque Française. His long career was
intertwined with the transforming world of West Africa, characterized
by innovations such as “shared anthropology” and “ethno-fiction,”
embracing the daily life and imagination of a new generation of
Africans. He developed an entirely new kind of documentary film
practice that blurred the boundaries between fiction and reality.
Special thanks to Livia Bloom and Icarus Films.
The series is sponsored
in part by IU’s Black Film Center/Archive, Department of
Communication and Culture, Film and Media Studies, Departments
of Anthropology, History, African Studies, French and Italian, and
IU Cinema. Screenings are free, but ticketed.
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