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A documentary short depicting a Hauka ceremony where young workers are possessed by British colonial officers.

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Jean Rouch

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Jean Rouch

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Suzanne Baron

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André Cotin ... sound
Ibrahima Dia ... sound recordist
Jean Rouch ... Sound Engineer
Damouré Zika ... sound recordist

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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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Also Known As
  • The Mad Masters (World-wide, English title)
  • A bolond urak (Hungary)
  • Szaleni wladcy (Poland)
  • Безумные начальники (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Os Mestres Loucos (Brazil)
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  • 36 min
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Trivia Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed (2005). See more »
Quotes Narrator: But today the Major is no longer impotent, and his girlfriend is very happy.
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