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Jaguar

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One of Jean Rouch's classic ethnofictions, the film follows three young Songhay men from Niger-- Lam Ibrahim, Illo Goudel'ize, and the legendary performer Damouré Zika-- on a journey to the Gold Coast (modern day Ghana). Drawing from his own fieldwork on intra-African migration, the results of which he published in the 1956 book Migrations au Ghana, Rouch collaborated with his three subjects on an improvisational narrative. The four filmed the trip in mid-1950s, and reunited a few years later to record the sound, the participants remembering dialogue and making up commentary. The result is a playful film that finds three African men performing an ethnography of their own culture.
DVD
2010; 1967
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Justice à Agadez

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Filmed in the village of Agadez in northern Niger, this films chronicles seven typical cases heard by the local Cadi. The film unobtrusively witnessess these seven stories - small civil disputes, domestic conflicts, marriage problems, accusations of theft. Justice at Agadez not only demonstrates the power of Islamic religious beliefs in enforcing both moral and civil behavior but also provides viewers a rare opportunity to see how Islamic law, unlike the manner in which it has often been sensationalized in the Western media, actually functions on an everyday basis.
DVD
2006; 2004
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For the Best and for the Onion!

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"Agriculture is key to the local economy in Niger, with Galmi onions prized throughout West Africa. ... Farmer Yaro's daughter Salamatou is betrothed to Adamou. The couple hope to marry soon, but after each harvest - much to his future son-in-law's frustration - Yaro postpones the wedding yet again. He says he wants his daughter to be married with dignity, and that means having enough money to pay for all the expenses tradition demands. As the growing season progresses, Yaro is under increasing pressure to finally set a date for the wedding. Meanwhile, the market price of onions begins a rapid downward slide and the engaged couple come up with a solution to speed their marriage."--Container.
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2010; 2008
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Rouch's Gang

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Follows the film crew of "Madame l'Eau" and provides a glimpse behind the scenes as director Jean Rouch and his four friends from Niger make their film. This outsider's view of "Madame l'Eau" provides insight into how Rouch approaches his films. In most of his films, Jean Rouch has used his four African friends; Damouré Zika, Lam Ibrahim Dia and Tallou Mouzourane as actors and Moussa Hamidou as sound man. Rouch has been their friend for more than forty years and this complex bond of friendship serves as the theme for this documentary.
DVD
2007; 1998
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Cocorico! Monsieur Poulet

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The humorous adventures of three friends who travel around Niger in an old delivery van, running a chicken-selling business. This collective improvisation on a Nigerian fable also includes elements of the imaginary, as catastrophes are attibuted to the influence of a "she-devil" who is ultimately the only one able to remedy the evil that has been wrought.; The two short films were made during the 1950-51 mission to Niger by Institut français d'Afrique noire.
DVD
2007
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Jean Rouch

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Presents ten films by ethnologist Jean Rouch, along with interviews of the filmmaker, famous for his Niger-based films.
DVD
2005
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Eight Films by Jean Rouch

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"Jean Rouch was an inspiration for the French New Wave, and a revolutionary force in ethnography and the study of Africa. Beginning in 1955 with his most controversial film The Mad Masters, through 1969's darkly comic Little by Little, these films represent the most sustained flourishing of Rouch's practice of "shared anthropology," a process of collaboration with his subjects. Astonishing on their own terms, now restored and released for the first time, Eight films by Jean Rouch is essential for anyone interested in better understanding the development of ethnography and the cross-currents of colonialism and post-colonial social change in Africa, as well as documentary film practice, film history, and world cinema as a whole. Included in this box set are eight newly restored films o [...]
DVD
2017
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