Moi, Un Noir
DIRECTOR: JEAN ROUCH
A seminal film in the history of documentary cinema, made with humble curiosity and in a collaborative spirit by French outsider Rouch, who, in depicting the quotidian struggles of emigres in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, had performer Oumarou Ganda (nicknamed “Edward G. Robinson”) narrate his own life of backbreaking work and moments of fleeting, riotous release. A groundbreaking work of participatory ethnography, which set Ganda on the path to becoming a filmmaker in his own right.
Screening in the series Icarus Films at 40.