Ciné-Ethnography: Jean Rouch Edited and translated by Steven Feld. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, $ cloth; $ paper. Jean Rouch was a French filmmaker and anthropologist. He is considered to be one of the Godard said of Rouch in the Cahiers du Cinéma (Notebooks on Cinema) n°94 . Portis, Irene – Jean Rouch: The Semiotics of Ethnographic Film Irene Portis – Winner Cambridge, MA August 7, ; Rothman, William (editor). Cine-Ethnography has 19 ratings and 0 reviews. One of the most influential figures in documentary and ethnographic filmmaking, Jean Rouch.

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During his work in Niger, Jean Rouch documented such events and sent his work to Marcel Griaulehis teacher, who encouraged him to continue his work with the Songhai and go deeper into his studies.

Jean Rouch’s Ciné-Ethnography: at the conjunction of research, poetry and politics

Jean Rouch was born in Paris in Rouch’s practice as a filmmaker, for over sixty years in Africa, was characterized by the idea of shared anthropology. A true African cinema must be made by Africans themselves. Indiana University Press, Juliana Bessa marked it as to-read Aug 18, Harvard University Press, Looking back at it, I think that we had a crazy chance to live through a crazy time.

There was no concrete, no tarmac — no maps, nothing at all. The last little story, however, is on me. The people performing the ceremony are different from us — yet like us.

It is then that we can feel for a moment that truth is that which is hidden in us, beneath our petrified relationships. Over twenty-five hours of material had to be cut down ethnographu one rouuch a half.

J marked it as to-read Jul 30, Tragically, Mambety died too young in Paperbackpages. Leonardo marked it as to-read Dec 23, He was hailed by the French New Wave as one of theirs. Amidst the friendly taunting, Landry wishes that the French could like blacks for more than their dancing. Return to Book Page. Books by Jean Rouch. There is a jokey side to Rouch which sometimes undermines his purpose.


Rouch is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Critics Award at Cannes for the film Chronicle of a Summer in He filmed the rituals and ceremonies of the Songhai people.

The Ethnography of Jean Rouch. In cinw acclaimed works as Jaguar, The Lion Hunters, and Cocorico, Monsieur Poulet, Rouch has explored racism, colonialism, African modernity, religious ritual, and music. The blood of the dog mixes with the foam, and on the face of one young man, eyes look with a wildness, a terror, something language, ordinary or scholarly, would struggle to describe. School of American Research Press, Among those met in Paris who will return with the pair to Ayorou, is Safi Faye, who after this collective improvisation, will herself go on to become a major African filmmaker.


Morin says that they ran out of film precisely at that moment This crossing point, the nexus of cinematic and social theory, seems like a gulf to many more at home in their separate terrains. Over the course of five decades, he made almost films. The army, Verdun, France, honor, dignity, money, church, work, society, family, economic man, libido, historical materialism — everything had been taken away by the winds of one of the brightest springs the world has known.

But the behaviour of the people possessed by the spirits meant they were seen to be dangerous. The camera would have had to tune in to capture ethnogrphy after effects of the ordeal of deportation with the subsequent decline, and not the militant who never existed, and finally to throw a violent light on what had inevitably remained in the shadow, understanding that the camera will more quickly uncover a wound than evoke the humiliation or simple paltriness of daily life.

On the Vicissitudes of the Self: In the four essays that follow, Rouch discusses the ethnographic film as a ethnoraphy, the history of African cinema, his experiences of filmmaking among the Songhay, and the intertwined histories of French colonialism, anthropology, and cinema.


Guerra ended up critical of the work they were doing. Further references to this text appear as page numbers in brackets. Rajat rated it really liked it Apr 13, As Efhnography says to him: Joking, including about the bleakest of conditions, is inbuilt. Certainly the most rouuch book in English about the work of this oruch character of visual anthropology. While Rouch has been filming for over half a century, only a handful of his films have been available outside of Europe and Africa.

For me, as an ethnographer and filmmaker, there is almost no boundary between documentary film and films of fiction. If they do not wrap up the ceremony, they will pay overtime for the taxi waiting to take them back to Accra. Among them was Chateau-Thierry, so well known to us in the fables of Jean de la Fontaine, and the bridge of the Briare Canal, a stream of steel and water running above the Loire, frozen and still and out of this world like a Magritte painting. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you jeann to read.

Vera Marques marked it as to-read Dec 11, Abel added it Feb 25, Each year when I show Rouch films to students more familiar with Godard or Deleuze, they are a revelation.

Cine-Ethnography by Jean Rouch

Jean Rouch was born in Paris in Jean Rouch is generally considered the father of Nigerien cinema. As the film is described in his catalogue: Jean Rouch began his long association with African subjects inwhen he arrived in Niamey as ethnogrxphy French colonial hydrology engineer to supervise a construction project in Niger. Yvonne marked it as to-read Jul 09,