A road trip to the spiritual sources of black American culture featuring Darius James and Ishmael Reed, Nick Cave, Val Jeanty, Shantrelle P. Lewis, Danny Simmons, Kanene Holder, Steve LaVere, David “Goat” Carson, Hassan Sekou Allen, Sallie Ann Glassman and others.
Original Music by ARTO LINDSAY & RABOTNIK
The United States of Hoodoo is a film about 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 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.
Theatrical release in Germany: July 2012 // KINOSTART DEUTSCHLAND: 26. Juli 2012
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- Here at ikono labs we’re very happy that our dear friends Darius’ and Oliver’s film is finally coming out after so many years of following the project. Gentlemen, we raise our glasses. We hope you paid the gumbo cook.