"An unexpected journey into a side of the United States I guarantee you have yet to see!"
"A thoroughly absorbing and illuminating film that stays with the viewer after the credits have rolled."
Revelation Perth International Film Festival
THE UNITED STATES OF HOODOO
A road trip to the black roots of American culture
Germany 2012, 100 minutes
The United States of Hoodoo is a film about how African based spirituality has influenced 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.
A film by OLIVER HARDT
Written by DARIUS JAMES and OLIVER HARDT
Original Music by ARTO LINDSAY & RABOTNIK
Produced by CHRISTEL BRUNN, OLIVER HARDT, ROBERT MALZAHN, SEBASTIAN POPP
Support & Editing by MARTIN HOFFMANN with RGB-Storynetwork
Featuring Darius James and Ishmael Reed, Nick Cave, Val Jeanty, Shantrelle P. Lewis, Danny Simmons, Sallie Ann Glassman, Kanene Holder, Steve LaVere, David "Goat" Carson, Hassan Sekou Allen
GERMANY – July 2012, theatrical release in Germany
USA – August 2012, BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA
AFRICA – March 2013, iRep International Documentary Filmfestival, Lagos, Nigeria
EUROPE – May 2013, Planete Doc Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland
AUSTRALIA – July 2013, Revelation Perth International Film Festival
TV - September 2013, Arte TV (Germany, France, Switzerland)
Events and screenings in 2013
New Voices in Black Cinema, Brooklyn, New York – Feb. 16, BAM +++ Black World Cinema, Chicago, Il – March 7 +++ iRep Festival, Lagos, Nigeria – March 21 +++ Lichter Filmfestival, Frankfurt, Germany – March 24 +++ Our Image Film and Arts Festival, Houston, TX – April 26 +++ Planete Doc, Warsaw and Wroclaw, Poland – May 17, 18, 19 +++ Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Perth, Australia - July 11, 13 +++ Minneapolis Underground Film Festival, Minneapolis, MN – Oct. 6 +++ Evil Music Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin – October 25