Little by Little - web
Little by Little - web

Presented by MIFF

Little by Little

Jean Rouch | France, Niger | 1970 | Unclassified (15+)

This event has ended and tickets are no longer available.

In her first foray into cinema, Safi Faye acts in Jean Rouch’s 1970 comedy about two Nigerien entrepreneurs whose research trip to Paris becomes a sharp lesson in ‘reverse ethnography’.

Damouré Zika and Lam Ibrahim Dia, who have an import–export business in Niger, learn of a competitor’s plans to construct a multistorey building in the capital. Viewing it as a symbol of capitalistic success, they travel to Paris to gather ideas for their own building but quickly become bemused by the eccentricities of the French and their way of life, picking up a motley crew to bring back to their country.

Little by Little satirises Eurocentric ethnographic practices with fervour while displaying Rouch’s distinct ethno-fiction approach to filmmaking. Much of the improvised dialogue and events stemmed from the cinéma vérité pioneer’s close collaboration with his friends and subjects (Zika and Dia’s journey to Ghana to search for work alongside Illo Goudal was the subject of Rouch’s 1967 film Jaguar). Among them was Faye, who, after her involvement in this production, went on to study both ethnology and cinema, forging her own pathway into ethnographic documentaries.

A truly mesmerizing, frequently hilarious, and provocative masterpiece.



See below for additional related events


92 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

Plan your visit

$15 exhibition entry for MIFF ticketholders

Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion

Never-before-seen costumes, original sketches, interactive experiences and cinematic treasures from the icons of the silent era to classic Hollywood heroines and the stars of Bollywood blockbusters.

Show your MIFF ticket at ACMI’s welcome desk to receive this special discount or book online with code MIFF15.

Find out more

More films in the MIFF 2023 program

There are no upcoming related events at this time.

Hero gnocchi - Jake Roden

Looking for dining options?

Our restaurant, bar and cafe in the heart of Fed Square features a seasonally driven menu developed by acclaimed Melbourne chef Karen Martini.

Book a table & find out more
ACMI Shop items - red and blue colour scheme


Melbourne's favourite shop dedicated to all things moving image. Every purchase supports your museum of screen culture.

Shop online
ACMI building at night - photograph by Shannon McGrath

Plan your visit

Visitor guidelines, information on accessibility, amenities, transport, dining options and more.

Start planning

Join our newsletter

Get updates on the latest news, exhibitions, programs, special offers and more.

You might also like