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217 Ratings

The Lion Hunters

La chasse au lion à l'arc

Directed by Jean Rouch
France, 1966


Between 1957 and 1964, hunters from the Yatakala region undertook seven hunting expeditions employing traditional bows and poisoned arrows. The film follows the technical and religious aspects of that hunt, which today has disappeared.

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The Lion Hunters Directed by Jean Rouch

Critics reviews

The Lion Hunters, which Rouch had been working on for seven years, came out in 1965, and can in the context of the dizzying shifts he was pursuing feel like a form of classicism. It is that, to an extent, but it is also a challenging film, one that both demands and benefits from the viewer’s engagement—the meeting of audience and film strikes a complex set of chords.
January 18, 2019
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A fascinating account of lion hunting on the border between Niger and Mali.
November 01, 1990
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