WILD PROJECTION

THE LION HUNTING AT THE ARC

WEDNESDAY 25 MAY, AT 19H30

Real. : Jean Rouch (France- 1965 - 81 ′)
Echoing the thematic season Safaris

“The Songhai hunters are a hereditary caste, they alone have the right to kill the lion. The shepherds can only throw stones at him to scare him away. The Peuls believe that the lion is necessary for the herd, and know how to identify each lion in its tracks. But when a lion exaggerates, when it has eaten too many oxen, it must be suppressed, because it is a killer lion ”, says Jean Rouch. From 1957 to 1964, the filmmaker ethnologist - in love with a continent that he would never stop traveling all his life - followed the Gao hunters of the Yatakala region in West Africa. 

This film traces the episodes of this hunt where technique and magic are intimately linked. It begins on the Gourma bank of the Niger going up north into the bush which is farther than far away, "the land of nowhere". Rouch has never been so wonderful a storyteller as in this safari, by turns fantasized and well and truly real, to be constantly rediscovered.

This screening is part of the Month of African Cultures / MOCA (April 30> May 30, 2016) which intends to promote and celebrate today the cultural practices and artistic disciplines stemming from African and Afro-descendant heritages, by highlighting the creativity and their dynamism on the territory of Greater Paris. Cinema programming is coordinated by Belleville in views, Factory of social innovation through cinema.

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