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Rougarouing

Documentary Film
USA
2013
11 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher, Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas
Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher
Michael Palmieri
Michael Palmieri
Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri
Rougarous are leprechaun-like mythical creatures that often take the shape of werewolves. Their home is the US state of Louisiana and they are an integral part of Cajun folklore. Like Vampires, who celebrate their resurrection at a certain hour of the night, people dressed up as Rougarous meet at certain times of the year to celebrate extravagant rituals of obsession and transformation. The Brockhaus encyclopaedia doesn’t seem to think much of these creatures. At any rate, their description betrays a distant contempt: “The Rougarou has rotten teeth, worm-eaten skin and bloodshot eyes. After transformation his appearance resembles that of an undead person.” Quite unlike Michael Palmieri's and Donal Mosher's sympathetic observation of this American version of extreme carnival. A hyper-active camera and montage strategy hurl the audience without protection into the ritual mud-battle that is Rougarouring. A warning at the end: anyone (perhaps slightly scared) who looks for an emergency exit from this eleven-minute-bacchanal will search in vain.

Ralph Eue