“LES MAÎTRES FOUS” (“THE MAD MASTERS”) - presented as part of the French Film Festival.
French film director and ethnologist Jean Rouch shot this documentary, which looks at the possession ritual of the Hauka cult, in which Nigerian migrants outside Accra enter a trance state to imitate the military ceremonies of their British colonial occupiers, in a single day in 1954. Rouch considered the film to be a catalyst for his concept ofciné-transe, in which the camera is recognized as a provocateur, playing its part in causing the trance shared by “actors,” filmmakers, and viewers. (1956, 29 minutes, not rated) Post-screening discussion led by Greg Alles, professor of religious studies .
All screenings begin at 4:30 p.m. in Decker Auditorium, Lewis Hall of Science.
For more information, call 410-857-2460.
Monday, September 10 at 4:30pm
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