In the Land of the Black Mages

Au pays des mages noirs

V krajině černých šamanů

  • Jean Rouch
  • France
  • 1946, 13 min
Photography: Jean Rouch
Color: Black and white

First scenes of Jean Rouch watch the Sorko people hunting a hippopotamus. The director accompanied by two friends created a film preceding the cinéma-vérité. A short motion picture was born during his travels across Niger. Originally, more extended material was filmed as a sequence of isolated scenes. It was then cut so that the scenes followed one another. In the end, Les Actualités Française distributed it as a short film with the Rossellini's Stromboli, Land of God.

Photo Gallery

CNRS / FCE / France
Festival edition: 2004
Sections: Tribute Jean Rouch
Exhibition format: 35 mm


The leitmotif of this year’s edition of the Ji.hlava IDFF will be memory