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Jean Rouch and Nigerian cinema

Philo Bregstein
Time period: (1940 - ...)
Number of interviews: 14 (12 people)
Accessibility: restricted
Transcripts: none
Period of interviews: 1977

Type interview: journalism

This collection has not been digitalized and can therefore not be viewed directly by Beeld & Geluid. Digitization, however, can be requested from Beeld & Geluid at:


In DAAN, the digital archive of Beeld & Geluid the following item can be found: Jean Rouch en zijn camera in het hart van Afrika 14-03-1978 NOS, Bregstein’s film for which the interviews were used

Medium: 23 audio tapes

The interviews were made on behalf of Bregstein’s television film Jean Rouch en zijn camera (1978) about French filmmaker and ethnologist Jean Rouch (1917-2004). Rouch was an idiosyncratic director, often starting a new film without a clear approach. Initially, he recorded as much material as possible with uninterrupted shots. Then this realistic material was incorporated into a film, which characterized the cinéma verité. Rouch spent most of his life in Niger.


In the interviews, Rouch talks, among other things, about his insights regarding film, the use of different types of cameras and about his work at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris. He also tells Bregstein, as they drive through Niger in a car, about the country and his contacts with it. In addition, Bregstein speaks with several Nigerian individuals who have worked with Rouch.


The following individuals were interviewed:

  • Jean Rouch
  • Moustapha Alassane (1942-2015) and Oumara Ganda (1935-1981), both filmmakers from Niger. Ganda also starred in Jean Rouch’s famous film Moi, un noir.
  • Inoussa Ousseini (1949-2021), filmmaker and staff member of the audiovisual department of the Institut de Recherches et Sciences Humaines (IRSH) in Niamey, Niger. Rouch was long the head of this department.
  • Boube Gado, belongs to the department of archaeology and prehistory of the IRSH
  • Michel Keita, belongs to the socioeconomics department of the IRSH
  • Dioulde Laya (1937-2014), sociologist, attached to the Centre d’études linguistiques des traditions orales
  • Djingarei Maiga (1939-now), was employed as a cameraman at the IRSH
  • Idrissa Meiga, transported film crews with his prau
  • Damouré Zika, Lam Ibrihama Dia and Tallou Mouzourane, they formed the film collective DaLaRouTa with Rouch. Together they made the films Jaguar, Petit à Petit and Cocorico.


The interviews are in French.