Jean Rouch demande ici à quatre nigériens de mettre en scène leur propre vie. Ils s'installent à Treichville, banlieue d'Abidjan, chef-lieu de la Côte d'Ivoire. Comme nombre de leurs compatriotes, ils sont tentés par les promesses qu'offre la ville… Amère aventure pour ceux qui abandonnent leur village et se heurtent à une civilisation mécanisée.
"Moi, un Noir", a major great from the 1950s, is one of those films that stand the test of time, still thrilling audiences today. Jean Rouch gave Sugar Gay Robinson and Eddie Constantine free reign to do and be whatever they wanted in front of the camera. They were even invited to say what they liked during the screening, and Robinson’s comments were later used as part of the sound for the film. This way, the ‘filmmaker’ gave ‘those being filmed’ a chance to make up their own story, and tap into the fictional side to their lives. The commentary’s impish tone literally transforms the images, making the tale seem even more real. Rouch’s attentive eye has a generosity and freedom that is sadly rarely seen in cinema.
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