• Rouch (left) as depicted in the 1995 portrait Rouch in Reverse

On Friday I posted the first part of my long interview with Gordon Quinn and Judy Hoffman, cofounder and board member, respectively, of the documentary production company Kartemquin Films. We set out to discuss the French ethnographer and filmmaker Jean Rouch, whose work is playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center this month and who influenced Kartemquin’s output; however, our conversation expanded to include a range of subjects relating to documentary theory and practice. In this part of the conversation, we begin by talking about Rouch’s theory of provocation (creating events for the purpose of documenting them) and then get into longstanding debates about authenticity in nonfiction filmmaking. Tomorrow I’ll post the final part of the interview, in which we return to Rouch’s experience in Chicago and his desire to make a movie about the Wise Fools Pub in Lincoln Park.