La Chasse au Lion a l’arc (Lion Hunters) (1965 | Jean Rouch | Niger | PG)
1965 | Jean Rouch | Niger | PG
A rare opportunity to see one of the most remarkable documentaries in film history, currently unavailable to watch for UK audiences. Using collaborative working methods and in conversation with Songhoy comnunities, celebrated documentary maker Jean Rouch documents the journey of traditional gow lion hunters in Niger to confront “the American”: a ferocious lion that has been killing their livestock. Opening with the words of a traditional griot, Rouch fuses aspects of oral culture with magical realist documentary, evoking a dizzying sense of participatory experience.