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The Human Pyramid

The Human Pyramid

The Human Pyramid

1961 / 90min / DCP

DIRECTOR: JEAN ROUCH

A high-wire metafiction experiment by Rouch, shot in Abidjan shortly before the Ivory Coast’s independence, has white colonial French and black African students of high school age improvising a drama in which they star as themselves, both performing their scenes and then, after the fashion of Moi, un noir, analyzing their actions in voice-over. Undeniably affectionate towards the young performers, often very funny, and fusing of-the-moment politics with the eternal struggles of adolescent confusion, perhaps the most moving aspect of this collaborative film is the visible change it renders in the attitudes of the young collaborators themselves.

Screening in the series Icarus Films at 40.