Jean Rouch and the Birth of Visual Anthropology: A Brief History of the Comité international du film ethnographique

@article{Heusch2007JeanRA,
  title={Jean Rouch and the Birth of Visual Anthropology: A Brief History of the Comit{\'e} international du film ethnographique},
  author={Luc de Heusch},
  journal={Visual Anthropology},
  year={2007},
  volume={20},
  pages={365 - 386}
}
  • L. D. Heusch
  • Published 21 September 2007
  • Sociology
  • Visual Anthropology
The true scope of Jean Rouch's international activities for the advancement of visual anthropology is little known. Few in the field today are aware that he was for more than 10 years the driving force of the Comité international du film ethnographique, where he was secretary-general as of 1958. It is thanks to his initiative, backed by UNESCO, that the first anthropologist–filmmakers were able to present their films (and often see them hotly debated) in Paris, Brussels, Prague, Venice… 

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