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Tourou et Bitti (1971)

The drums of the past. This shooting script was planned to show the most important moment of a possession ritual, during the course of which men from the village of Simiri demand that the ... See full summary »

Directors:

Jean Rouch, Lam Dia-Hama

Writer:

Jean Rouch

Star:

Jean Rouch
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The drums of the past. This shooting script was planned to show the most important moment of a possession ritual, during the course of which men from the village of Simiri demand that the spirits of the wilderness protect the coming harvests from locusts.

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France

Language:

French

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1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Les tambours d'avant See more »

Filming Locations:

Niger

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Not to be found in conventional encyclopedias...
11 June 2002 | by ajmbatista2See all my reviews

"Tourou et Bitti", an eight minute documentary concerning a ritual in Niger, is yet another example of Rouch's excellence in creating documentaries which surpass the conventional documentary format. Just as frightening and fascinating as "Les maîtres fous", this one goes straight into the roots of ancient African cultures, in which music has an hypnotic effect, being at the same time an exorcism and a public show. Both the female and the male dancers are almost deities about to be unleashed... Spectral and humanitarian.


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