The United States of Hoodoo

101mins2012DocumentaryTVPG
director
Oliver Hardt
starring
Ishmael ReedDanny SimmonsShantrelle P. LewisVal JeantyDarius JamesNick Cave
THE UNITED STATES OF HOODOO is a film about how African based spirituality has influenced America´s popular culture. The old African gods have taken on new forms since their arrival on North America's shores. Their spirit now manifests itself in turn-table wizardry, improvisational skills and mind-blowing collages, rituals and performances. The film shakes up traditional and stereotypical ways of thinking about race, religion, rationality. Through meetings with musicians, writers and artists, miracle healers, gumbo cooks and Mississippi Blues men, this documentary explores a culture which has always drawn on a unique mix of different ethnic influences to produce its cultural diversity, allure, and vitality.
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