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Chicago Screening Of 'The United States of Hoodoo' Coming In March

by Sergio
January 31, 2013 2:18 PM
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Oliver Hardt's fascinating documentary The United States of Hoodoo will have a rare Chicago screening next month, on Weds March 7, starting at 7PM at the Chatham 14 Theatres, located on the South side of Chicago.

The screening is part of the Black World Cinema screenings series created by Floyd Webb to showcase rare, important and seldom seen new and classic black cinema from around the world.

The film, which is seen from the point of view of writer Darius James, and his journey of spiritual devlopment and growth, begins when James returns to the U.S. from Berlin after his father's death. Going though his childhood home he discovers his father's mask collection and cardboard box filled with ashes. These were left by his father, who was a painter and sculptor, whose work drew deeply on manifestations of African based spirituality.

Darius, inspired, starts his journey in the urban intellectual milieu of New York City, then following the traces of popular Voodoo myths and legends to Mississippi and New Orleans before moving on to Oakland, Seattle and Chicago.

He immerses "himself in the fabric of urban creativity where he encounters artists, musicians, writers, spiritual leaders and scholars. He finds out that the 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, performances, and rituals."

Here's the trailer for the film:

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  • BluTopaz | January 31, 2013 6:46 PMReply

    This looks fascinating, plz keep us posted if this travels to NYC or screens online. Afr-Ams are always being told by Blacks in other parts of the diaspora that we have no culture, no roots, etc and it's always good to see an AA go on a journey of their legacy. I also recommend James' novel Negrophobia to anyone not familiar with him.

  • Rocket | February 1, 2013 1:47 PM


    People who say those things are not only ignorant of African American culture, they are ignorant of the totality of black culture in the Western Hemisphere. Black culture is rich from South America to the Caribbean and Central America to North America. And the roots of West Africa can be seen in all of the aforementioned places. It amazes me that some people try to wall off a part of the black experience and say it is less than.

  • Melissaenafrique | February 1, 2013 12:11 PM

    Thousands of Africans like me admire the culture that African Americans brought to the United States. It is not African culture but African American culture, born of African culture but not indebted to it. Admired around the world for its literature, inventions, music, fashion, leaders and history. I am personally obsessed with the Harlem Renaissance, the New Orleans royalty, former slaves who became great American heroes, women of the Civil Rights Movement, and Black entertainers who knocked down segregated doors. Any African who dismisses all of this probably hasn't read up on great African achievements either i.e. uneducated in anything Black.

  • urbanauteur | January 31, 2013 4:26 PMReply

    Sun Ra meets Shabba Ranks meets Hunter s. Thompson ;-0

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