"Les Maitres Fous"
Directed by Jean Rouch
The ceremony of a West
African religious movement, the Hauku, which was widespread in Niger and Ghana from the
20s to the 50s is documented in Jean Rouch's quintessential film. In 1954, Rouch was asked
by a small group in Ghana to film their annual ceremony in which the participants would
enter into a trance and become possessed by a variety of spirits associated with the
western colonial powers. Today, Les Maitres Fous remains as one of
the great works of ethnographic cinema. English narration.