A philosophy of history, an ethnography, a visual sociology of power, a philosophy of art, all in 30 minutes. The culmination of documentary as an art, this extraordinary film contains ample treasures: from the universality of African art, the other-worldy landscapes, the corruption of cultural mores by colonialism and artistic hybridity to the utopia of human cultural richness and equality. Unsurpassed masterpiece!
As an anthropologist I had to watch this one a handful of years ago. Nice and engaged examination about material culture in immemorial african art , its instrumentalization in our western societies. I agree with the message but the film is a bit dated, intellectual and monolithic... to be true I've never been a great fan of visual anthropology documentations, including the work of the highly acclaimed Jean Rouch.
Great work by ground breaker Chris Marker. A film of statues and masks. I have watched this many times in French; maybe some day I will get to see it in English, not that it matters a whole lot. Maybe if I knew exactly what they were saying, I would give it 5 stars, though!
Both a beautiful meditation on the nature of African art - with great black and white, almost abstract sequences of statues and sculptures - and a passionate condemnation of the way this has been reappropriated and domesticated by European colonialism. Read my full review: www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/2012/09/17/statues-also-die
Un interesante tratado antropológico el que ofrecen estos directores. Hay reconocimiento a las huellas culturales, y un aborrecimiento hacia quienes las ultrajaron. Más que un documental, es un ensayo crítico sobre cómo la modernidad lapida a ciertas culturas incipientes.