The Songhay hunters are the only ones who have the right to kill a lion. From 1957 to 1964, Jean Rouch follows the hunters from the Yatakala region and films the episodes of this hunt, where technique and magic are irreparably linked. After the hunt, the men narrate to children the story of the gaway gawey, the wonderful hunt of lions.
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.