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Nothing But Cinema

Nothing But Cinema

(p.35) 3: Nothing But Cinema
The Adventure of the Real
University of Chicago Press

In July 1946 Jean Rouch spent several months in West Africa, traveling the length of the Niger with two wartime comrades and contemporaries from the École des Ponts et Chausées, Pierre Ponty and Jean Sauvy, and later returned for two doctoral expeditions, the first of which took place between September 1948 and March 1949. This chapter focuses on the films he made during the first doctoral expedition. These include Au pays des mages noirs, Hombori, La Circoncision, Les Magiciens de Wanzerbé, and Initiation à la danse des possédés.

Keywords:   Jean Rouch, West Africa, films, filmmaking, ethnographic filmmakers, field expeditions, Niger

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