UNITED STATES OF HOODOOGermany 2012
Documentary, Germany 2012
Runtime: 90 min. / 52 min.
Director: Oliver Hardt
Production: Stoked Film, TVT.Film+VFX und Signature Films
The documentary explores how African-based spirituality has informed 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 in turntable wizardry, improvisational skills and mind-blowing collages, performances and rituals. The film shakes up traditional and stereotypical ways of thinking about race, religion, rationality. Through meetings with musicians, writers and artists, healers, gumbo cooks and Mississippi Blues men, the documentary draws a picture of a culture which has always drawn on a unique mix of different ethnic influences to produce its cultural diversity, allure, and vitality.
Blackstar FF, Minneapolis Underground FF, New Voices In Black Cinema, Planete Doc Review, Perth IFF, IREP, Act Now