The Director of the House of World Cultures, dear Arwad Esber, Mr. Chairman of the Ethnographic Film Committee and of the Festival, dear Jacques Lombard, Ladies and gentlemen,

I sincerely regret, for reasons of schedule, that I cannot be
with you tonight at the Maison des Cultures du Monde for this
ceremony.

I have always had for Jean Rouch a great friendship and a huge
admiration. He, like no other, was concerned about preserving
visual heritage, when he was head of the Cinémathèque.
The ethnologist, the documentary filmmaker, the teacher who left a memory
unforgettable to its students of Nanterre; the one who put in image on
the traces of his master Marcel Griaule, the extraordinary diversity of
the human adventure and intangible heritage of Niger and Mali,
Sorko fishermen to the Songhai hunters, and of course the Dogon country and the
cliff of Bandiagara, where he had the opportunity, the one that does not present itself
once in a lifetime, to film the ceremonies of the Sigui. He who
not forgotten, either, that anthropology is also a look at oneself,
since Chronicle of a summer. He who kept, at the Museum of Man, the
memory of an intellectual filiation dating back to the Dakar-
Djibouti. I believe that if life had given him time, he would have
finally looked kindly at what the Quai Branly Museum,
is accomplishing. Jean Rouch, it was the depth of his gaze,
humour, love of others. We miss him.

Since its disappearance in 2004, the «Bilan du film ethnographique» has
his name, and continues to “make us see the world differently”,
to make us discover all those who have the talent, with its two awards, the
Mario Ruspoli Prize, and the Intangible Cultural Heritage Prize - this
heritage for which the Maison des Cultures du Monde does so much, under the
Cherif Khasnadar and Arwad Esber.
I would like to pay special tribute to Françoise Foucault, who
to the end alongside Jean: none other than she could carry out
retrospective scheduled for this thirtieth anniversary. It is thanks to
Today, this heritage, on which Henry Henry
Langlois, Marcel Griaule, Claude Lévi-Strauss, André Leroi-Gourhan and
Jean Rouch will have taken care of it. I would also like to greet Laurent, of course
Pellé, the coordinator of the Ethnographic Film Committee, the CNRS and
Barberine Feinberg, EHESS researchers and professors who are
regularly very involved, all passionate volunteers who
the festival, as well as its other partners:
Natural History Museum, Suez Environment and its subsidiary SITA which
support the “anthropology and sustainable development” award, the Society
French ethnomusicology, for the Bartok Prize, or
Issy-les-Moulineaux.

I am also very pleased that the library network
with the support of my department, can present a selection
films of the festival, which will also be present in the region, and in Niger,
for this anniversary date.

I hope that my department can best support
the Ethnographic Film Committee, to which the rise of cinema
documentary in France must so much. At the time of the profusion of images and
of the cults of speed, visual anthropology, its long time, that of
the attention and reflection, the staging of the real, are more than
ever topical. Each year you give new letters from
nobility to this shift of the gaze that allows in a unique way,
at the crossroads of cinema and social anthropology, to film the world
by showing the unspeakable.

Thank you.