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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
Clemons (Stacks)
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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
Clemons (Stacks)
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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.
DVD
2010; 2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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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
Clemons (Stacks)
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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
Clemons (Stacks)
6.

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
Clemons (Stacks)
7.

Jaguar

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A documentary of three men from Niger who leave to seek wealth and adventure in the coastal cities of Ghana then called the Gold Coast.
VHS
1980; 1989
Ivy (By Request)
8.

La Chasse Au Lion a .'Arc

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An ethnographical study of the Fulani herdsmen, nomads, who live with their herds on the boundaries on Niger and Mali. The study describes a lion hunt by the Gao people, the lion hunters.
VHS
1965
Ivy (By Request)
9.

A Love Apart

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This beautifully filmed documentary was shot in Niger, in the barren landscape of the desert, where a nomadic tribe, the Tuareg, keep their traditional ways. A charismatic teenager, Rhaissa, is about to marry a man she has never met. She learns from her girlfriend Fatima that her husband-to-be is not very handsome nor has an abundance of "ashek" or pride. But Rhaissa only giggles for she is resigned to her fate. Her parents have accepted the proposal and the unspoken tribal rules must be followed. This is the last time that Rhaissa can be a girl and have a shepherd's freedom to follow the sheep. The marriage ritual demands that Rhaissa spend the week before her marriage in a wedding tent, where she cannot speak to anyone or leave its confines. It is hard for this beautiful, energetic [...]
Online
2008
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Women of Manga (Niger) [electronic resource]

This program is devoted to the women of a warrior tribe whose origin is ancient but unknown and which lives today in eastern Niger. It shows the life of the people, focusing on the traditions according to which the women live, behave, and make themselves beautiful-the complicated painting that constitutes makeup, the even more complicated hairstyles and their meanings, the role of facial scars and jewelry; the same standards of beauty are applied to objects.
Online
2012
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Niger [electronic resource]: The Slaves

In the African republic of Niger, an estimated 870,000 people are born into slavery. Despite being technically illegal, slavery is so engrained in Niger's national psyche that a government spokesman downplayed it as a "cultural tradition." This film explores the state of slavery in Niger and the social and economic factors that keep the practice alive. In the world's second poorest country finding a job is unthinkable for many, especially when their family has been held in captivity for generations. But for others, nothing can undermine the simple pleasures of being free. "Now I can sit, sleep, and wake up whenever I want," states Asibig. "From the day I was born, I never felt happy until I was free.
Online
2007
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The Wodaabe [electronic resource]

The Wodaabe of the Sahara are among the last true nomads. Anthropologist Mette Bovin travels with the Wodaabe as they follow their herds in an endless migration across African borders, resisting pressures to settle down and lead a "normal" life. Though their herds have been devastated by drought, they intend to hold on to their way of life, in which ritual and taboo play a major part. As the Wodaabe also value male beauty, the men adorn themselves with makeup.
Online
1983
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Arlit [electronic resource]: Deuxieme Paris

This case study in "environmental racism" looks at the environmental and social wreckage left behind by a global uranium mining operation in Niger. Arlit, once a boom town, flourished in the early 70's its uranium mines employed 25,000 workers from around the world in high paying jobs. Arlit was alive 24 hours a day, earning it the nickname, 'le deuxiéme Paris.' Then came the collapse in uranium prices and the Tuareg rebellion against the central government in Niamey. When there was nothing more which the Europeans wanted they abandoned Arlit, leaving behind derelict machinery littering the desert. This film demonstrates the ultimate bankruptcy of overseas investment in commodity based industry as a strategy for development.
Online
2014; 2004
14.

Caravan [electronic resource]

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Every September a group of nomad women in Niger travel by camel caravan across the stark desert, 660 miles each way. The film captures the desert and the strength and solidarity of the women who undertake this journey for the livelihood of their families.
Online
2007
15.

The Wodaabe

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Follows the Wodaabe people of Niger, one of the last nomad tribes on earth, as they cross one of the harshest landscapes on earth, the drought-ravaged Sahel, south of the Sahara. Despite their difficult life, they are determined to preserve their way of life.
VHS
1991; 1988
Ivy (By Request)
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Wodaabe les Bergers du Soleil: Herdsmen of the Sun

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Filming the Woodabe in the drought stricken Sahara, Herzog focuses on one tribal ritual. Once a year in what amounts to a beauty pageant, the young men dress up and parade in front of the women. Each woman must then chose and spend the next few nights with the man she finds most beautiful.
VHS
1992; 1988
Ivy (By Request)
17.

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
Clemons (Stacks)