Rouch, Jean. “The Mad Masters,” 1955

Subtitled version of Jean Rouch’s “Les MaĆ®tres Fous” (1955). A documentary about an African sect based on ceremonies during which the members are possessed by the spirits of European colonial entities.

It is worth mentioning that this film was very badly received, originally, both by Africans shocked by the “savagery” of this ritual, and by Europeans shocked by how white men are caricatured in this ritual. Today, this film is one of the most important, and most praised, classics of visual anthropology.

One comment on “Rouch, Jean. “The Mad Masters,” 1955

Leave a Reply