Filmmaker Maya Deren went to Haiti in 1947 to shoot a film on the religious ceremonies and festivals of the western half of Hispanola. She spent the next seven years documenting the elements of Voudou with a battery powered wire recorder and a Bolex, eventually releasing a book of the same name as this record in 1951. The film didn’t surface until almost 20 years after Deren’s death, most likely due to her footage reflecting too much of her own personal engagements with the Haitians, something that didn’t make the Guggenheim fellowship people too happy. That’s real grant money pimping.
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