Western and African cultures collide in Haiti resulting in religious conflict between Christianity and Voodoo. Despite centuries of vigilant opposition from the Christian Church, Voodoo has flourished in Haiti and continues to be one of the strongest elements underlying Haitian culture. This film dispels Hollywood stereotypes and presents Voodoo as a belief system that has been passed down from African ancestor to slave to present day Haitian.
Traveling from the intensely overcrowded streets of Port-au-Prince to the serenity of the Haitian countryside, the viewer comes to see how the Haitian has accepted both the Christian and Voodoo mythology for use in daily life. The highly integrated Haitian culture is truthfully revealed.
This film was accomplished with the full cooperation of the Haitian people who are anxious to have the true story of Voodoo in Haiti unfold. It is essential viewing for promotion of cross-cultural understanding.
"An excellent introduction to the field, raising significant questions about religion, politics, and the clash between Western and African cultures. It is reasoned and measured and it neither trivializes nor sensationalizes the subject." -- Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, University of Wisconsin
"Voodoo and The Church in Haiti presents a refreshing approach to understanding the complex spiritual and political history of an enchanted island. The film is easy and enjoyable to watch. It is good looking!" -- Luisah Teish, American-born Voodoo priestess and author of Jambalaya
"The film sensitively presents Voodoo as an important and legitimate part of contemporary Haitian culture. I would be please to recommend this film to and its creators to anyone."-- Michael McColly, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Awards & Screenings
American Anthropological Association. Selection National Conference of Black Studies Honoree PBS, Chicago Filmmakers Chicago Cultural Center Du Sable Museum, Chicago University of Wisconsin University of Chicago National Association of Black Studies Conference African Studies Conference American Anthropological Association
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