A documentary film about dance and possession in Haitian voodoo that was shot by experimental filmmaker Maya Deren between 1947 and 1952 and edited and completed after her death. Most of the film consists of images of dancing and bodies in motion during rituals in Rada and Petro services.
Maya Deren’s film-poem was made with her footage of Haitian Voodoo rituals involving dance and possession, and includes excerpts from her book on the subject. Influenced by Surrealism, Deren conceived the film as a series of dream-like sequences, revealing the merging of art and ethnography.
Guy Maddin, 2007, Canada
Alain Resnais, 1956, France
Dziga Vertov, 1929, Soviet Union
Chris Marker, 1983, France
Jia Zhangke, 2008, China
Jørgen Leth,Lars von Trier, 2003, Denmark
Robert J. Flaherty, 1922, United States
Stephen Kijak, 2006, United Kingdom
Steven Sebring, 2008, United States
Stuart Samuels, 2005, Canada