Initation into Possesion Dance

The initiation ritual of a young female Songhay at Firgoun, Niger, of the possession dance for the Kirey, the spirit of lightning. The Zima (priests) organise the ganandi, a ceremony which consists of the steps of the ritual dance so that the young woman can become a true “horse” for the spirits.

Jean Rouch

Jean Rouch is one of the most important anthropologists and representatives of ethnographic cinema, who also contributed greatly to the evolution of the French New Wave and cinéma vérité. With his richly varied work, the greater part of which was filmed in Africa, he broadened the ethnographic documentary’s horizons and set the foundation for the creation of ethnofiction, which blurred the boundaries between documentary and fiction.