THE LION HUNTERS

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  1. THE LION HUNTERS
  1. (LA CHASSE AU LION À L'ARC)
  2. 1967, Jean Rouch, France, 80 min.

Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this celebrated documentary details the techniques and rituals of the Gao, a special group of professional hunters who are called upon when the peaceful coexistence between cattle herders and lions is disrupted by a lion who kills only for pleasure. Several hunts are shown, most notably one for a lion known as “The American,” because of his exceptional strength and cunning. Rouch’s poetic commentary both signals the filmmaker’s involvement in the events and adds a legendary dimension to them.

Preceded by MAMMY WATER (1955, 19 min.), a depiction of the expert Ghana fishermen known as “surf boys” and the rituals they use to appease the water spirits. Both in French with English subtitles. HDCAM video. (MR)