French filmmaker Jean Rouch buried in Niger

24th February 2004, Comments 0 comments

NIAMEY, Feb 24 (AFP) - Late French filmmaker and ethnologist Jean Rouch, considered one of the fathers of African cinema, was buried on Tuesday in the Niger capital's Roman Catholic cemetery.

NIAMEY, Feb 24 (AFP) - Late French filmmaker and ethnologist Jean Rouch, considered one of the fathers of African cinema, was buried on Tuesday in the Niger capital's Roman Catholic cemetery.

 Rouch was killed on February 16 in southeastern Niger in a traffic accident. He was 86 and had been travelling with his wife Jocelyne, Niger film director Moustapha Allassane, who was driving, and actor Damoure Zika.

The sub-Saharan west African country's President Mamadou Tandja attended the funeral and posthumously awarded Rouch the status of Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit.

In an address, Niger's Culture Minister Abdou Labo described Rouch as the "founder of Nigerois cinema" and said his "work will be engraved in letters of gold" in the country's national heritage.

Born in Paris in 1917, Rouch's career spanned a half-century and included some 120 films, including anthropological classics such as "Myself, a Black," which earned the prestigious Louis-Delluc award in 1958, and "The Mad Masters".

Rouch was in Niger for a festival of the country's cinema organised by Niamey's Franco-Niger cultural centre, to which he had contributed a retrospective of his work in west Africa since the 1940s.

© AFP

                                                              Subject: France news

 

0 Comments To This Article