Directed by Jean Rouch
Three young men from
the savannah of Niger leave their homeland to seek wealth and adventure on the coast and
in the cities of Ghana in this film that is part fiction, part documentary and part social
commentary. Filmed in the 1950s when no portable synchronized sound equipment was
available, Jean Rouch had the main characters of the film improvise a narrative while they
viewed the footage which in itself was improvised. The resulting soundtrack consists of
remembered dialog, joking and exclamations, and questions and explanations about the
action on screen. The three young men, a herdsman, a fisherman and their friend, travel
for a month to the coast of Ghana and eventually part to take jobs in the cities.
Successful but homesick, they return to Niger; they have become jaguars with a
knowledge of life in the modern city. English narration.