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Moi un noir (Me, a Black Man) (1958)

Moi Un Noir
January 25, 2013 - 7:30 pm
editor Jackie Raynal.

"Moi un noir is, in effect, the most daring of films and the humblest." — Jean-Luc Godard

“I feel that up to now two films of value have been made on Africa: your Moi, un Noir and Come Back Africa.” - Ousmane Sembene

Directed by Jean Rouch

Termed by Jean-Luc Godard “the best French film since the liberation,” Moi Un Noir is a fanciful experiment, depicting the lives of poor immigrants in the slum of Treichville, in the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Seeking to penetrate social realities of these lives, Rouch involved locals (including Oumarou Ganda) in scripting, acting and narrating scenes of daily dreams and disappointments. Upending assumptions about authorship and social science, Rouch’s approach here became a hallmark of his oeuvre and of “ethno-fiction” as a distinction in art and anthropology.

Digital video from 35mm, color, 70 min.

Preceded by

Gare du nord (1964)

Directed by Jean Rouch

Rouch's deceptively simple short employs long takes in an experiment to unite real and cinematic time.  

Screenwriter: Jean Rouch. Cast: Nadine Ballot, Gilles Quéant, Barbet Schroeder.

35mm, color, 16 min.

Mammy Water (1953)

Directed by Jean Rouch

This lyrical, short documentary depicts Ghanian fishermen making offerings to the sea gods.  

Digital video from 16mm, color, 18 min.