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4.1
153 Ratings

Jaguar

Directed by Jean Rouch
France, 1968
Documentary

Synopsis

The adventures of three young men who leave their homeland Savannah, Niger, and go looking for fortune in Ghana.

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Jaguar Directed by Jean Rouch

Critics reviews

Though filmed on location from Niger to Ghana, the trajectory documented here—a sprawling migration enacted by three young men—is closer to discombobulated poetry than to rigid ethnography.
April 10, 2014
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Rouch’s most thorough examination of the African experience under the colonial regime, and an early example of his concept of provocation, the practice in which the camera’s presence is intended to cause those being filmed to react, thus creating, rather than merely recording, events.
December 20, 2010
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The charming and rambling aspects of the narrative are a good deal closer to music than to painting—and to the kind of music that takes you places. There’s even a relevant connection here to performance art.
November 01, 1990
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