Jean Rouch was a French filmmaker and anthropologist. After serving in West Africa during World War II he spent decades in Niger creating films. A pioneer of the ethnofiction approach, his works combined narrative and documentary methods improvised in collaboration with African communities. Perhaps his most well-known work, Chronique d'un été (Chronicle of a Summer) epitomizes the Cinéma vérité style and his work in nouvelle vague cinema during the latter part of his career. His work Embara Dama (Enchanting Death) was shown at The Kitchen in February 1983, during the event 3 Documents, which also featured films by Robert Whitman and Robert Foreman.
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