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Little by Little (Petit à petit)


Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Little by Little (Petit à petit)

Unclassified 15+

African Visions: A Collaboration With The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

11 May

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.

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  • 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.