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60s Vérité Film Series at Film Forum

Image: "Little by Little" directed by Jean Rouch - Image courtesy of Icarus Films

From the observational cinema of Drew Associates to the collaborative work of Pierre Perrault and Jean Rouch to Agnes Varda’s vérité-infused Cléo from 5 to 7, 60s Vérité” features more than 50 modern classics, including French titles, which not only changed the recording of social history, but revolutionized filmmaking itself.

Along with these title come a film series dedicated to Jean Rouch. One of the inventors of cinéma vérité, of visual anthropology, of “ethno-fiction,” and of the Nigerien film industry itself, Jean Rouch was an inspiration for the French New Wave, and a revolutionary force in ethnography and the study of Africa. Astonishing on their own terms, and now restored in high-definition, this Jean Rouch classic films and restorations series essential for anyone interested in better understanding the development of ethnography and the cross-currents of colonialism and post-colonial social change in Africa, as well as documentary film practice, film history, and world cinema as a whole.


Cléo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)
Directed by Agnès Varda
Year: 1962
Duration: 90 mins

Le Joli Mai
Directed by Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme
Year: 1963
Duration: 166 mins

Sceenings - Nine films by Jean Rouch

The Mad Masters and Mammy Water
Directed by Jean Rouch
Year: 1955
Duration: 28 mins and 19 mins

Moi, un Noir
Directed by Jean Rouch
Year: 1958
Duration: 73 mins

Chronicle of a Summer
Directed by Jean Rouch
Year: 1961
Duration: 90 mins

The Lion Hunters
Directed by Jean Rouch
Year: 1967
Duration: 77 mins

Directed by Jean Rouch
Year: 1968
Duration: 90 mins

Little by Little
Directed by Jean Rouch
Year: 1970
Duration: 92 mins

The Human Pyramid
Directed by Jean Rouch
Year: 1961
Duration: 92 mins

Directed by Jean Rouch
Year: 1962
Duration: 58 mins