Programmed by Pascale Paulat, Christophe Postic
Two young Nigerian left the inside of the country to look for a job in Ivory Coast. They fell in Treichville, popular district of Abidjan, lost in the modern civilisation. The hero, who calls himself Edward G. Robinson as a tribute to the American actor, tells his story. Like him, his friends took pseudonyms devoted to forge, in a symbolic way, an ideal personality.
"Moi, un Noir", a major great from the 1950s, is one of those films that stand the test of time, still thrilling audiences today. Jean Rouch gave Sugar Gay Robinson and Eddie Constantine free reign to do and be whatever they wanted in front of the camera. They were even invited to say what they liked during the screening, and Robinson’s comments were later used as part of the sound for the film. This way, the ‘filmmaker’ gave ‘those being filmed’ a chance to make up their own story, and tap into the fictional side to their lives. The commentary’s impish tone literally transforms the images, making the tale seem even more real. Rouch’s attentive eye has a generosity and freedom that is sadly rarely seen in cinema.
Pascale Paulat and Christophe Postic
Artistic directors of 'Les États généraux du film documentaire'