Les États généraux du film documentaire 2012 Fragment of a filmmaker's work: Ben Russell and Jean Rouch The Drums of Yore (Tourou and Bitti)

The Drums of Yore (Tourou and Bitti)
Jean Rouch
1971 - France - Couleur - 12'

A possession dance takes place on the holding of Zima Dauda Sido in Niger. During this celebration where the participants ask the spirit of the land to protect their harvest from locusts, the ancient drums Tourou and Bitti will sound. The orchestra is composed of a vielle player, three gourd-drum players ("turu") and a bass drum ("biti") player. This film is made of one long uninterrupted shot.

Photography : Jean Rouch
Sound : Moussa Hamidou
Production : CNRS, Comité du Fim Ethnographique
Distribution : CNRS images (cnrs-images@cnrs-bellevue.fr, +33 (0)1 45 07 56 85)