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Sublime Frequencies Communiqué


07 November 2012

Anthology Film Archives film Screening: Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast A Film By Hisham Mayet




Sublime Frequencies and 
Anthology Film Archives 

Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast

A Film By Hisham Mayet

Sublime Frequencies

50 minutes /2012

Anthology Film Archives
Saturday November 10th, 2012 - 9:00 pm

32 Second Avenue, New York, NY - (212) 505-5181

Part of the Jean Rouch Film Festival

Film Screening link

Hisham Mayet's exploration of West African possession ceremonies continues in Benin. Benin is the cradle and birthplace of Voodoo.  Formally known as the Slave Coast as, most of the slave industry was exported from its shores.    Voodoo worship is integral to the every day lives of the people of Benin.  This film, shot in 2010 during the country's rich Vodoun celebrations, is an impressionistic lens on the myriad ceremonies that this rich and diverse culture has to offer.   Showcasing intimate observations of a variety of Voodoo ceremonies;  The cult of Sakpata (god of Pestilence and healing),   Egoun dramas shrouded in magisterial costumes, The Secret Police of the Zangbeto night watchmen.  This will be the premiere screening of this visual feast.

Opening the program will be an extremely rare glimpse of various possession footage shot between 2004-2010 in Niger by Hisham Mayet.

There will be a Q&A with the filmmaker and his colleague Brian Nowak.

HERE AND ELSEWHERE is a two-part retrospective of over thirty films by and with visionary anthropologist Jean Rouch. New York's Alliance Française hosts the first part of the series, which will revisit several of Rouch’s best-known features as well as seldom-screened works by African colleagues and include a special screening hosted by acclaimed director and screenwriter James Toback.   The second part, at Anthology Film Archives, will present a broader selection of treasures ranging from his earliest ethnographic documentaries among Sorko fisherman and Hauka adepts to the edgy freedoms of his late fictions, with special programs of ciné-portraits, a rare showing of his only historical epic, and an exceptional night of films about music and ceremony hosted in conjunction with storied record label/travelers collective Sublime Frequencies.

Here is the Alliance Française program:

Here is the Anthology program:

Here is a standalone link to the SF/Rouch event at AFA:

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