Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast

XRAY FEST and The Hollywood Theatre are proud to present the premiere screening of Hisham Mayet’s ( Sublime Frequencies ) new visual feast Voudoun Gods on the Slave Coast .

Hisham Mayet’s exploration of West African possession ceremonies continues in Benin. Benin is the cradle and birthplace of Voodoo. Formally known as the Slave Coast, most of the slave industry was exported from its shores. Voodoo worship is integral to the every day lives of the people of Benin. This film, shot in 2010 during the country’s rich Vodoun celebrations, is an impressionistic lens on the myriad ceremonies that this rich and diverse culture has to offer. Showcasing intimate observations of a variety of Voodoo ceremonies: The cult of Sakpata (god of Pestilence and healing), Egoun dramas shrouded in magisterial costumes and the Secret Police of the Zangbeto night watchmen, among other highlights.

XRAY.FM is an independent, not-for-profit radio station which supports the Pacific Northwest’s music and arts communities. It fulfills its educational mission through airing local public affairs programs featuring voices seldom heard on radio, and broadcasting a diverse array of music, with a focus on new, local, independent, and experimental recordings. XRAY.FM also serves as a resource for training community members in radio, broadcasting, and digital media.

XRAY FEST During a groundbreaking week in Portland radio history, filmmakers, musicians, DJs and patrons will unite at a variety of the city’s most influential venues to celebrate innovative art and culture of Portland past, present and future. Full schedule here.



Monday, June 10