PETIT A PETIT / LITTLE BY LITTLE

Little by Little picks up the story of the three enterprising migrants
in Jaguar fifteen years after they return home to Niger from the Gold
Coast, finding them the successful owners of an import-export busi-
ness called Petit à Petit. Inspired to build the first residential tower in
Niamey, they decide to send Damouré Zika on a fact-finding mission
to Paris. When Damouré fails to return, Lam follows him to the French
capital—and joins him in living a lavish lifestyle while gaping at the
paradoxes of Western society. Little by Little is a coolly subversive film
disguised as high farce, in which the colonialized turn the tables on
the colonialists, making them into objects of study, desire, largesse,
or ridicule. The sequence featuring Damouré roaming the city streets
asking Parisians whether he can measure their chests or see their
teeth for an ethnological study plays like the riotous revenge for the
decades that white colonialists cast an objectifying gaze on the people
of Africa. Yet while Little by Little’s critique of waning colonialism
and waxing capitalism has deep ideological roots, the film plays as a
free-flowing, warm-hearted comedy, a totally unique experiment in
cross-cultural exchange.

DIRECTOR
Jean Rouch

SCREENPLAY
Jean Rouch

CAST
Damoure Zika
Lam Ibrahim

DETAILS
Documentary, “ethnofiction”
French
96 min.
France, Niger, 1971
DCP, DVD, Blu-Ray

DISTRIBUTOR
Icarus Films

PRICE RANGE
$200