Jean Rouch: On Architecture
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Includes the following films:
Ispahan: A Persian Letter [The Chah Mosque at Ispahan]
1977. France. Directed by Jean Rouch. “A ciné-portrait of Iranian filmmaker Farrkh Gaffary, who discusses the dynamic architecture of the Chah mosque and the ambiguous rapport of Islam with filmic representation, with sex, and with death” (Rouch). 35 min.
Homage à Marcel Mauss: Germaine Dieterlen
1977. France. Directed by Jean Rouch. "Dieterlen recalls the façade of the paintings on the Songo sheds that display the grand myths of the creation of the world among the Dogon. Then, in the refuge cave where the first inhabitants of the village of Bongo established themselves, she provokes a discussion on the architectural remains of ancient human establishments" (Rouch). 20 min.
1971. France. Directed by Jean Rouch. "For several years, the young people of these villages in western Niger have constructed a new habitat on the island, appealing to mutual aid: they employ ancient techniques of banco masonry and waterproof coatings, while they are inspired by the architecture of the modern cities" (Rouch). 29 min.
Preserved by the Archives françaises du film du CNC, Bois d’Arcy. Program 85 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Ninth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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