Voodoo: Mounted by the Gods

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A glimpse into the world of Voodoo, this companion to a documentary by Wim Wenders presents photographs and film stills by celebrated photojournalist, Alberto Venzago.

In 1988, Albert Venzago set out to cross Africa on a Vespa. After miles in the blistering heat, it broke down in a remote village in Benin. There he encountered Mahounon, one of the most influential voodoo priests of West Africa. Abandoning his planned trip, Venzago set out instead on an odyssey through the world of African voodoo, to which he and his camera gained extraordinary access.

Venzago followed Mahounon with his camera for nearly ten years, filming secret Voodoo ceremonies and sacrificial rituals. He witnessed Mahounon’s extraordinary search for a successor to lead the cult, and he watched as the anointed eleven-year old boy, Gounon, was schooled in black and white magic, rituals, and the intricate workings of the Fa, or Voodoo oracle.

Venzago’s camera evokes the religious ecstasy of these ceremonies as well as their otherworldly atmosphere. His photographs illuminate this mysterious and potent Voodoo culture and religion.

Released 9 Oct, 2003. 90 min. Director: Alberto Venzago. Documentary film.

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  • Raven Shakti

    A fascinating film…a mesmerizing soundtrack. Beautifully done!
    It brought to mind a poem I wrote in 12/24/09 called; “Vodou Dancer”.
    I dedicated it to “Haiti”. A place I’ve never been to, but have always wanted to visit.

    The first two stanzas go like this:

    She’s dancing
    to the beat of a drum
    Dance of the storm
    the sea and the night.

    One dance with her
    is a gift to the light
    And who will ride
    this daughter’s wave tonight?

  • Raven Shakti

    Fascinating! One of my favorite documentaries. Beautifully done.

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