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Message posted on 30/04/2018

JEAN ROUCH: First Retrospective in Hong Kong: Invitation to Closing Ceremony

Dear all,

if you are around please come by the closing ceremony of the first Jean Rouch retrospective in Hong Kong!

Jacqueline Rouch will attend the screening.

Info below and attached.

Facebook Event Link

JEAN ROUCH: The First Hong Kong Retrospective

“Modern Cinema starts when Jean Rouch’s tripod fell into the Niger river”

Jean-Luc Godard

For the first time ever in Hong Kong, THY LAB, in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, with the support of Institutis Français – Cinémathèque Afrique, is proud to present a Retrospective on the movies of renowned French filmmaker Jean Rouch, considered unanimously as the father of the French New Wave as well as of “Cinéma Vérité”.

Seven of Jean Rouch’s films will be shown, from 21 April to 6 May 2018 to celebrate the centennial of the filmmaker’s birth. After the screenings, THYLAB will invite special guests including Jean Rouch’s wife, Jacelyne Rouch, and the head of International Organisation of Migration sub-office in Hong Kong, Nurul Qoiriah, who will share few words regarding Rouch’s contributions to the world of ethnographic cinema.

With a repertoire of over a hundred films, Jean Rouch is considered as the main pioneer of visual anthropology and the father of ethnofiction, combining the art of filmmaking with the science of anthropology. Rouch’s unique method documents people’s life and brings their narratives to an otherwise unreachable audience. Leaving behind his career as an engineer, Rouch began to make films to record the lives and culture of the people of Niger River valley in the late 1940s and 1950s. He made waves in the fields of cinema and social anthropology by allowing his subjects to take part in the writing and production of his films, offering them a platform to voice their own stories in their own way. Rather than seeing natives through the eyes of the West, his films gave peoples a way to represent themselves in the era of colonialism.

In collaboration with IOM, THY LAB is working on its own ethnographic film on the lives and struggles of Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong. Inspired by Rouch’s methodology, the project aims to empower domestic workers by working with them to write and present their stories. With over 350 000 domestic workers in the city, they account for up to 60% of Hong Kong’s non-Chinese population. However, they lack representation in local

mainstream media. Through this project, THY LAB hopes to give them a platform to share their experiences and pains of working in a foreign city, and thus show the people of Hong Kong the invisible side of their lives.

The screenings include the most famous works from the filmmaker, and the most characteristic of ethnographic cinema.

More about the films and screenings In French with English subtitles. MOI, UN NOIR (1959)

Set in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, the film follows the lives of immigrants over the course of one week as they search for jobs and fantasise about better lives. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12nq75j-dqw

Date: 21 April 2018 (Saturday) Time: 16:00 Venue: THY LAB, Room 2217, Shui On Centre, 6-8 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

LA PYRAMIDE HUMAINE/ HUMAN PYRAMID (1961)

A new student arrives in school and exposes the difficulties of interracial relations. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfM9zzymdEs

Date: 22 April 2018 (Sunday) Time: 16:00 Venue: THY LAB, Room 2217, Shui On Centre, 6-8 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

CHRONIQUE D’UN ETE/ CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER (1961)

Real life individuals discuss topics on the themes of society and happiness in the French working class. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxk-fg771r8

Date: 23 April 2018 (Monday) Time: 18:30 Venue: Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, 25/F, Admiralty Center Tower 2, 18 Harcourt Road, Admiralty

JAGUAR (1967)

Three young men from Niger look for work and experience in Ghana’s cities.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHMBj393nN0

Date: 24 April 2018 (Tuesday) Time: to be confirmed Venue: Chinese University of Hong Kong

PETIT A PETIT/ LITTLE BY LITTLE (1969)

Wishing to build a grand building in his little village, a young man from Niger visits Paris to see how it is done and gets a taste of the Parisian lifestyle. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofX90vYI0jk

Date: 25 April 2018 (Wednesday) Time: 18:30 Venue: Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, 25/F, Admiralty Center Tower 2, 18 Harcourt Road, Admiralty

COCORICO MONSIEUR POULET (1975)

Three poultry sellers take a trip across the bush and encounter an array of obstacles. Trailer: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x28fcaa

Date: 29 April 2018 (Sunday) Time: 16:00 Venue: THY LAB, Room 2217, Shui On Centre, 6-8 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

BRISE GLACE (1987)

Three filmmakers sail aboard a Swedish icebreaker and express their unique perspectives of life on board. Film description: https://www.unifrance.org/film/34877/brise-glace

Date: 6 May 2018 (Sunday) Time: 17:00 Venue: surprise venue

Organised by THY LAB I n partnership with:

Fondation Jean Rouch; the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau; Institut Français - Cinémathèque Afrique ; the International Organization for Migration (IOM); Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong


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