Madame L’Eau – TV-Tip of the Week

Madame LEau - TV-Tip of the Week

Madame L’Eau – TV-Tip of the Week

               Genre: Documentary
               Africa, water scarcity, water, Berlinale 1993, Niger, windmill

Thursday, 11 March 2010, WDR, 23:15 Clock

  Water is one of the most important and most precious resources in general, and without a sufficient quantity of these life-sustaining fluids and even the most ambitious projects are doomed to fight the existential misery of the world per se to fail. Madame L’Eau by Jean Rouch is the one from 1992 – as the very title transported – a respectful nod to that element and the other is the curious story of a development process from initial concept through to successful small irrigation project.

Due to concerns over the threat of desiccation of their fields three men from Niger – Damour Zika, Lam Ibrahim Dia and Tallou Mouzourane follow – the idea of securing much-needed irrigation through the use of windmills. To this end, the farmers organized a study tour to Holland, where it not only the typical phenomenon of windmills take it personally inspected, but check also extensively in professional circles about the functionality of these dynamic giants. Times by bike, then again in the Cadillac of the Dutch Minister for Development, the three road Nigrer interesting comparisons of the local flora and fauna are at their local circumstances. And back is in Niger, when the first windmill, with strong support from the Netherlands actually built, then promptly appeared on the idea, but once planting tulips, of course, black listed …

1993 and the Forum of the Berlinale then awarded the Peace Film Madame L’Eau marked a late work within the extensive work of French anthropologist – a student of Marcel Mauss – and filmmaker Jean Rouch (1917-2004), regarded as the founder of cinéma vérité, turning in 35mm format favored her life and realized more than 120 films. This charming, as well as thought-provoking documentary by the commitment of all parties to overcome the abyss of cultural distance and does not dwell in pure contemplation, but bears witness to an intense interaction between the film crew and the protagonists involved, reflected in a fruitful process of cooperation.

(Mary Anderson)

Title: Madame L’Eau – TV-Tip of the Week Country of production: France, Netherlands, Niger Year of production: 1993 Length: (# ) 120 (Min)

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