The traditional Mossi chief of the Ouagadougou region, the Moro-Naba, dies. During the thirteen days of the funeral ceremony, his eldest daughter, clothed in her father’s habit, receives the ministers and the notable members of the community. Sacrifices, offers, rifle shots and tambourine music are the homage paid to the deceased king by his chiefs, his people and the delegation of foreigners.
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.