Spirited Things: Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic

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Video Vodou: Film Screening TODAY at Champlain College

Please join us for the second film in the Video Vodou film series. The event will begin at 6:30 pm and will take place in the Champlain College Alumni Auditorium (CCM Bulding rm 305 (Alumni Auditorium), Champlain College).

We’ll be screening Anne Lescot’s Of Men and Gods  – a film which explores the intersection of Gay identity, LGBTQ rights, and Vodou in contemporary Haitian culture:
A frank look at a largely unexplored area, Of Men And Gods examines the daily existence of several Haitian men who are openly gay. Prevalent, yet still taboo, homosexuality and gay culture are allowed to flourish within the context of Haiti’s Vodou religion. As “children of the gods,” the men find an explanation for homosexuality as well as divine protection. They also find an outlet for theatrical expression through exhilarating performances in which they embody the gods. Meanwhile, the AIDS epidemic looms as a continual threat and adds a disquieting degree of nihilism to their relatively optimistic attitudes toward life and happiness in Port-au-Prince. The filmmaker, Anne Lescot, is an anthropologist who has studied Haitian Vodou for 10 years. Laurence Magloire has been working in the field of television for 10 years.

We hope to see you there!

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