MOI, UN NOIR (1959)

Rouch’s first ‘ethnofiction’ documents a week in the lives of immigrants in an Ivorian slum.

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  • I, A BLACK Alternative
  • I, A NEGRO Alternative
  • TREICHVILLE Alternative


A portrait of a week in the lives of poor immigrants in an Ivorian slum. Rouch’s first ‘ethnofiction’ blurs the boundaries between artistic expression and disinterested social science. It also challenges assumptions about authorship – Rouch collaborated with locals who acted in the film, narrated it, and helped write the script. Ultimately it challenges the notion that the camera can only be a tool of the colonial gaze.

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