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The Mad Masters (1957)

Les maîtres fous (original title)
A documentary short depicting a Hauka ceremony where young workers are possessed by British colonial officers.

Director:

Jean Rouch

Star:

Jean Rouch
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Jean Rouch ... Narrator
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In one of the first mockumentaries ever created, director Jean Rouch takes his viewers to the city of Accra (West Africa) where he follows the Hauka movement and their religious and ritual proceedings which works as an effective way to challenge and resist the British colonialism of the period. The indigenous people's rituals includes strange and frantic dances, chanting, sacrifices and some mockery of the Europeans living there. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1957 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A bolond urak See more »

Filming Locations:

Accra, Ghana

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1.37 : 1
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The film was shot in 1953, edited in 1955, and finally shown in 1957. See more »

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Narrator: Madame LeCortereau, the "doctor's wife," is a rather effeminate boy who uses a lot of hair Vaseline.
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Powerful, shocking, questionable documentary.
26 January 2000 | by Django-13See all my reviews

Simple premise of this film is to follow the effects of colonialism on indigenous Africans via specific rituals developed as a reaction to the colonial system. The film turns into a crazy elaboration on both the madness of such a political system and man himself. At once we are amazed and confused by the violent and involved trance that the Africans take part in; however, we are, at the same time, forced to recognize the power that the camera may have over those in front of it. That is, the very "reality" of a documentary is dissolved or, at least, questioned. Disturbing and essential.


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