Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Website 'Withoutabox' Crashes Under Deluge of HBO Access Writing Submissions Website 'Withoutabox' Crashes Under Deluge of HBO Access Writing Submissions Taraji P. Henson Named 2015 American Black Film Festival Celebrity Ambassador Taraji P. Henson Named 2015 American Black Film Festival Celebrity Ambassador Erykah Badu Joins Andre Royo & Emayatzy Corinealdi in Amazon Original Series 'Hand of God' Erykah Badu Joins Andre Royo & Emayatzy Corinealdi in Amazon Original Series 'Hand of God' Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios to Shut Down in December (But is It a Good Thing?) Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios to Shut Down in December (But is It a Good Thing?) Steve McQueen Is Directing a Music Video for Kanye West's Latest Single 'All Day' Steve McQueen Is Directing a Music Video for Kanye West's Latest Single 'All Day' If You've Been Waiting for It to Get There, 'Half of a Yellow Sun' Is Now Streaming on Netflix If You've Been Waiting for It to Get There, 'Half of a Yellow Sun' Is Now Streaming on Netflix Wesley Snipes Inks First-Look Development Deal with Sony Pictures Television Wesley Snipes Inks First-Look Development Deal with Sony Pictures Television 2016 Oscar Outlook - 15 Black Actors, Actresses, Directors, Films That May Be in Contention Next Year 2016 Oscar Outlook - 15 Black Actors, Actresses, Directors, Films That May Be in Contention Next Year Premiering Tonight at 10pm: 2-Part Documentary 'Freeway: Crack in the System' on Al Jazeera America (Trailer) Premiering Tonight at 10pm: 2-Part Documentary 'Freeway: Crack in the System' on Al Jazeera America (Trailer) Trailer for Animated Feature Film Inspired by True Story of Afro-Arab Slave Who Became "Voice of Islam" Trailer for Animated Feature Film Inspired by True Story of Afro-Arab Slave Who Became "Voice of Islam" Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge to Star in Scripted TV Series Based on the Underground Railroad Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge to Star in Scripted TV Series Based on the Underground Railroad Mo'Nique Said She Was Paid $50,000 for 'Precious' + Responds to Lee Daniels "Play the Game" Advice (Video) Mo'Nique Said She Was Paid $50,000 for 'Precious' + Responds to Lee Daniels "Play the Game" Advice (Video) 'Cooley High' Writer and Cast Reflect on the Film 40 Years Later 'Cooley High' Writer and Cast Reflect on the Film 40 Years Later Attn. Actors: African American & Latino Men & Women Sought for Major Roles in Baz Luhrmann's Netflix Drama Series Attn. Actors: African American & Latino Men & Women Sought for Major Roles in Baz Luhrmann's Netflix Drama Series So What’s Byron Allen's $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast, Time Warner, Al Sharpton & the NAACP all About? So What’s Byron Allen's $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast, Time Warner, Al Sharpton & the NAACP all About? A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Watch 'The Deliverance of Comfort' (Satirical Tale About A 'Child Witch' Named Comfort)

Shadow and Act By Courtney | Shadow and Act December 6, 2012 at 8:24PM

It's a shame that we're only now discovering the work of British-Nigerian writer, filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa (daughter of the late Nigerian human rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa).
6
Comfort

It's a shame that we're only now discovering the work of British-Nigerian writer, filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa (daughter of the late Nigerian human rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa).

A few days ago, Tambay posted an excerpt from a documentary project from Zina, titled How Do Africans Kiss?, which was created for the ongoing Progress Of Love exhibit (a collaborative project between The Menil Collection in Houston, the Centre for Contemporary Art (in Lagos, Nigeria), and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis). You can watch that HERE if you missed it.

We continue to mine her existing oeuvre for past work to share here with you, and become familiar (I may as well say she's on Tambay's Black Filmmakers To Watch/Pay Attention To list).

Here's another experimental piece titled The Deliverance of Comfort - a short satirical tale about a so-called 'child witch' called Comfort.

In the filmmakers own words, here's a longer description, as well as  her thought process in coming up with the film, which I strongly encourage you to first read before watching; or you could read it after you watch, but do read it:

The film begins with the voice of a "priest" explaining how one identifies a child witch and what to do when one is found. The script in this part of the film is derived from a startling recent UNESCO report which contained interviews from several "priests" that exorcised so-called child witches. In the 2nd half of the film we see the consequences of the apparent 'exorcism'. The Deliverance of Comfort is a critical and densely-layered response to the belief in child witches in some parts of rural Nigeria and Africa. The film questions the very nature of belief and comments on the complex relationship between pre-Christian pagan belief and modern day Nigerian Christianity. The relationship between Exu, The Devil, the human spirit and God. Inspired by the low-fi special effects employed in Nigerian Nollywood films especially when the supernatural is being evoked, "The Deliverance of Comfort" uses these same techniques but challenges the conservative and unchanging ideas about the supernatural drawing uncomfortable conclusions. In essence using Nollywood to subvert Nollywood.

I love that she experiments with cinema language and isn't married to convention. It's always good to see black filmmakers working outside of traditional boundaries.

Here's the full 7 1/2-minute experimental short:

The Deliverance of Comfort from ZSW Studio on Vimeo.

This article is related to: Zina Saro-Wiwa


Shadow & ActNewsletter