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191 Ratings


Directed by Jean Rouch
France, 1967


Three young men from Niger decide to emigrate to Ghana: each descend from warriors, but the more immediate challenge is finding a job. After an arduous journey, they make it across the border, at which point they separate. Their lives will continue to cross, separate, and then come together again.

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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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