- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 26, 2007
- Originally Released: 1985
- Label: Mystic Fire Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2000
"...There is some astonishing footage here of dancers possessed and invocations of deities..."
Between 1947 and 1951, pioneering experimental filmmaker Maya Deren lived in Haiti among followers of the Voudoun religion. She became an initiate herself after experiencing the possession of the Voudoun "living gods," giving her an unparalleled position from which to observe the rituals and dances practiced in the culture. Deren's respectful camera offers an unsensationalized view of the Rada, Petra, and Congo sects, as well as Mardi Gras celebrations and animal sacrifices. Deren was unfortunately unable to edit her footage during her lifetime, and this version was assembled by Teiji Ito and Cherel Ito.
A fascinating journey into the world of Haiti's Voudoun religion. "Divine Horsemen" explores the rituals of the Rada, Petro and Congo cults. Also featured are the Rara and Mardi Gras celebrations.
Because filmmaker Maya Deren was a Voudoun initiate, she was able to take her camera and recorder where few had gone before or since.
- Filmed from 1947-51 by Maya Deren.
- Deren lived in Haiti for over 10 years and filmed many hours of footage. However, she died before footage could be edited together. After her death, the film was edited by Teiji and Cherel Ito.
- A book by the same name on the same subject, written by Deren, is also available.
- Copyright: 1985 Cherel Ito.