An African cinema history lesson is coming to the midwest, courtesy of Indiana University’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.
A selection of rarely screened ethnographic films that Jean Rouch (the French expatriate filmmaker) recorded in Mali and Niger primarily, preserved by the Archives françaises du film du CNC, Bois d’Arcy.
Rouch (1917–2004) radically transformed nonfiction cinema, with more than 100 films. Even today, Rouch’s films are still quite provocative and controversial in their interrogations of racism and colonialism to start.
Last summer, Icarus Films announced that it had acquired 6 Jean Rouch classics for North American distribution, including his landmark 1957 work Moi, Un Noir (I, A Black) – winner of the 1958 Prix Louis Delluc, and regarded by Jean-Luc Godard as “the best French film since the liberation.”
The films were part of a two-part, 40-film Jean Rouch retrospective held at French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and Anthology Film Archives, in NYC, last fall, accompanied by a one-day symposium at New York University.
The retrospective was to be followed by a North American tour, and this is just one of a few stops that we were made aware of.
Those in the IU area should visit the university’s film department website (HERE), for all the details including what films are screening, what days, and what times.
Screenings are FREE but ticketed.