VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

BATAILLE SUR LE GRAND FLEUVE

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BATAILLE SUR LE GRAND FLEUVE

Jean Rouch
F, 1951
Shortfilms, 35min, OF/K

BATAILLE SUR LE GRAND FLEUVE

Jean Rouch
F, 1951
Shortfilms, 35min, OF/K

Contributors: 
Stimme
Jean Rouch
Camera: 
Jean Rouch
Editor: 
Jean Rouch
Production: 
Jean Rouch, Centre National du Cinéma
Format: 
16 mm
Color

In 1954 Rouch brought Bataille sur le grand fleuve back to Ayoru, where he had actually filmed the hippopotamus hunt. They said that the film was not believable because it had music in the background a hippo hunt requires silence because noise would chase away the hippos. In reaction to their criticism, Rouch got rid of the soundtrack and corrected other errors in the film. That night Jean Rouch and the people of Ayoru gave birth to participatory cinema. Ethnography became, for a short period, a shared enterprise that was reminiscent of Robert Flahertys ethnographic techniques. (Amie Karp)