Voodoo is a mysterious and powerful religious practice that has captured the imaginations of many, and Alberto Venzago’s documentary film delves into its history and culture. In 1988, photojournalist Albert Venzago set out on an odyssey to cross Africa on a Vespa, only to find his journey ending in the remote village of Benin, where he encountered Mahounon – one of the most influential voodoo priests in West Africa.
For nearly ten years, Venzago followed Mahounon with his camera, documenting secret ceremonies and rituals as well as observing Mahounon’s search for a successor to lead the cult. The chosen successor was Gounon, an eleven-year old boy schooled in black and white magic and the intricate workings of the Fa or Voodoo Oracle. Venzago was able to capture these mesmerizing ceremonies with both photographs and film stills.
The resulting documentary is a fascinating glimpse into the world of Voodoo that will astound viewers with its otherworldly atmosphere. From religious ecstasy to sacrificial rituals, Alberto Venzago’s documentary takes you inside this complex faith. Released on 9 Oct 2003, this 90-minute film is sure to captivate audiences with its insightful exploration of African culture and religion. So don’t miss out – check out Alberto Venzago’s documentary today!