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The Mad Masters

Les maîtres fous

Directed by Jean Rouch
France, 1955
Documentary, Short


Filmed it Ghana, the film depicts the annual ceremony of the Hauku cult, a social and religious movement which was widespread in French colonial Africa from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. In a shared trance, the participants begin to mimic the elaborate military ceremonies of their colonial occupiers…

The Mad Masters Directed by Jean Rouch

Critics reviews

Rouch himself narrates in English, and the occasional awkwardness of his phrasing and pronunciation—“riffles” for “rifles,” for instance—helps to isolate this film from the pseudo- objectivity of conventional documentaries of the kind generally shown on PBS.
November 01, 1990
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