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Sunday, 07.04.
17:00, Schubertkino 2

Les maîtres fous / The Mad Masters

Innovative Cinema Short, FR 1955, DCP, 28 min, eF
Program: POSITION Lisl Ponger Carte Blanche

Two years before Ghana’s declaration of independence in 1957, Jean Rouch filmed a Hauka cult ritual near Accra. During the possession ceremony, the predominantly male participants fall into a trance-like state and slip into the roles of authorities of the colonial power: foaming at the mouth, armed with wooden rifles, fighting over a dead dog. While his explanatory commentary aims to convey a scientific perspective, Rouch records the ceremony like a frantic reporter. 

Director: Jean Rouch
Camera: Jean Rouch
Editor: Jean Rouch, Suzanne Baron
Location Sound: Ibrahim Dia, Damouré Zika
Additional Credits: Stimme: Jean Rouch
Production: Les Films de la Pléiade
World Sales: Les Films du Jeudi
World Premiere: Filmfestspiele Venedig 1957







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