Rouch’s “sequel” to the celebrated Jaguar is in many ways a more profound, playful and ambitious work of “ethno-fiction”. Made in the wake of May ’68, Rouch’s bracing combination of improvised fiction and observational documentary is a key work of postcolonial cinema and a profound instance of “reverse” ethnography. Parisians are held up as objects of study, reworking many of the devices - observations on style and manners, callipers to measure anatomy - familiar from colonialism.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Little by Little (Petit à petit)
After learning that their competitors are building a multi-story building, several young men from an import-export company in Niger decide they must build their own. They travel to Paris to undertake an ethnographic study of high-rise buildings and the uses Parisians make of them.