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Cocorico! Monsieur Poulet
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Directed byJean Rouch
Damouré Zika
Lam Ibrahim Dia
Written byJean Rouch
StarringDamouré Zika
Lam Ibrahim Dia
Tallou Mouzourane
CinematographyJean Rouch
Edited byChristine Lefort
Production
companies
Institut de Recherches en Sciences Humaines
Les Films de l'Homme
Distributed byÉtoile Distribution
Release date
  • 19 January 1977 (1977-01-19)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryNiger
LanguagesFrench
Fula
Hausa

Cocorico! Monsieur Poulet ([ko.ko.ʁi.ko mə.sjø pu.lɛ], "Cock-a-doodle-do! Mister Chicken") is a 1977 Franco-Nigerien road movie by "Dalarou", a pseudonym for Damouré Zika, Lam Ibrahim Dia and Jean Rouch.[1][2][3][4]

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France

France

France, officially the French Republic, is a country primarily located in Western Europe. It also includes overseas regions and territories in the Americas and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, giving it one of the largest discontiguous exclusive economic zones in the world. Its metropolitan area extends from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea; overseas territories include French Guiana in South America, Saint Pierre and Miquelon in the North Atlantic, the French West Indies, and many islands in Oceania and the Indian Ocean. Its eighteen integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 km2 (248,573 sq mi) and contain 68 million people.

Niger

Niger

Niger or the Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in West Africa. It is a unitary state bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria to the south, Benin and Burkina Faso to the southwest, Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest. It covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2 (490,000 sq mi), making it the second-largest landlocked country in West Africa, after Chad. Over 80% of its land area lies in the Sahara. Its predominantly Muslim population of about 25 million live mostly in clusters in the further south and west of the country. The capital Niamey is located in Niger's southwest corner.

Road movie

Road movie

A road movie is a film genre in which the main characters leave home on a road trip, typically altering the perspective from their everyday lives. Road movies often depict travel in the hinterlands, with the films exploring the theme of alienation and examining the tensions and issues of the cultural identity of a nation or historical period; this is all often enmeshed in a mood of actual or potential menace, lawlessness, and violence, a "distinctly existential air" and is populated by restless, "frustrated, often desperate characters". The setting includes not just the close confines of the car as it moves on highways and roads, but also booths in diners and rooms in roadside motels, all of which helps to create intimacy and tension between the characters. Road movies tend to focus on the theme of masculinity, some type of rebellion, car culture, and self-discovery. The core theme of road movies is "rebellion against conservative social norms".

Damouré Zika

Damouré Zika

Damouré Zika was a Nigerien traditional healer, broadcaster, and film actor. Coming from a long line of traditional healers in the Sorko ethnic group of western Niger, Zika appeared in many of the films of French director Jean Rouch, becoming one of Niger's first actors. As a practitioner of traditional medicine, he opened a clinic in Niamey, and was for many years a broadcaster and commentator on health issues for Niger's national radio.

Jean Rouch

Jean Rouch

Jean Rouch was a French filmmaker and anthropologist.

Production

Cocorico! Monsieur Poulet was filmed in and around Niamey, Niger on 16 mm film in 1974. Much of the film was improvised.[5] Damouré Zika used the money he made from Petit à petit (1970) to buy the Citroën 2CV featured in the film.[6]

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Niamey

Niamey

Niamey is the capital and largest city of Niger. Niamey lies on the Niger River, primarily situated on the east bank. Niamey's population was counted as 1,026,848 as of the 2012 census. As of 2017, population projections show the capital district growing at a slower rate than the country as a whole, which has the world's highest fertility rate. The city is located in a pearl millet growing region, while manufacturing industries include bricks, ceramic goods, cement, and weaving.

Niger

Niger

Niger or the Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in West Africa. It is a unitary state bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria to the south, Benin and Burkina Faso to the southwest, Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest. It covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2 (490,000 sq mi), making it the second-largest landlocked country in West Africa, after Chad. Over 80% of its land area lies in the Sahara. Its predominantly Muslim population of about 25 million live mostly in clusters in the further south and west of the country. The capital Niamey is located in Niger's southwest corner.

Improvisation

Improvisation

Improvisation is the activity of making or doing something not planned beforehand, using whatever can be found. Improvisation in the performing arts is a very spontaneous performance without specific or scripted preparation. The skills of improvisation can apply to many different faculties, across all artistic, scientific, physical, cognitive, academic, and non-academic disciplines; see Applied improvisation.

Damouré Zika

Damouré Zika

Damouré Zika was a Nigerien traditional healer, broadcaster, and film actor. Coming from a long line of traditional healers in the Sorko ethnic group of western Niger, Zika appeared in many of the films of French director Jean Rouch, becoming one of Niger's first actors. As a practitioner of traditional medicine, he opened a clinic in Niamey, and was for many years a broadcaster and commentator on health issues for Niger's national radio.

Citroën 2CV

Citroën 2CV

The Citroën 2CV is an air-cooled front-engine, front-wheel-drive, economy family car, introduced at the 1948 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile, and manufactured by Citroën for model years 1948–1990.

Synopsis

Lam, owner of a home-built Citroën 2CV named “Patience”, and his apprentice Tallou, drive into the countryside to buy chickens to sell in Niamey. Damouré, an opportunist, joins them on this one-day trip. They encounter adversity, a "demon", and are forced to make multiple crossings of the Niger River.[7]

Reception

Rembert Hüser wrote that in Cocorico! Monsieur Poulet "the technology fetish of Western society gets thoroughly dismantled."[8]

Source: "Cocorico! Monsieur Poulet", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocorico!_Monsieur_Poulet.

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References
  1. ^ "COCORICO MONSIEUR POULET - Festival de Cannes".
  2. ^ Stoller, Paul (June 15, 1992). The Cinematic Griot: The Ethnography of Jean Rouch. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226775463 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Brink, Joram Ten (November 24, 2007). Building Bridges: The Cinema of Jean Rouch. Wallflower Press. ISBN 9781905674473 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Au Niger, sur les traces de Jean Rouch – Jeune Afrique". September 12, 2016.
  5. ^ Mouellic, Gilles (April 15, 2014). Improvising cinema. Amsterdam University Press. ISBN 9789048518425 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Henley, Paul (November 24, 2009). The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226327143 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Cocorico ! Monsieur Poulet". Le Monde diplomatique. April 1, 2007.
  8. ^ Prager, Brad (May 21, 2012). A Companion to Werner Herzog. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781405194402 – via Google Books.
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