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Shouters and the 'Control Freak Empire' A Century Beyond Prohibition

Shouters and the ‘control freak’ Empire questions power and social control through exposing the central conflict between Euro-centric and Afro-centric religions. Through the emergence and Prohibition of the Shouter Baptist religion in Trinidad & Tobago, this 28-minute documentary reveals how power, disguised as Prohibition laws instituted by the colonial government, attempted to legislate against a belief system. Yet despite prosecution, the letter of the law could not legislate against the spirit of the Shouters.

Using a historical framework, this documentary provides a record of the Prohibition period from 1917 - 1951 when Shouter Baptists suffered persecution. It reveals that conflicts abounded then in that most unhappy marriage between the sacred and the secular, between religion and law, between victimless crimes and criminals. By tracing the causes of these conflicts and exploring the effects of Prohibition both on members of the faith and on the general public, this film intertwines Christianity with African cultural practices, it juxtaposes Euro-centricism with Afro-centricism and it restores a voice to the voiceless in a film that is compellingly visual and profoundly enlightening.

  • Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade
    Madonna Murti, Bottom in De Road
  • Sharon Syriac
    Madonna Murti, Bottom in De Road
  • Sharon Syriac
    Madonna Murti, Bottom in De Road
  • LRS Production Trinidad Limited
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  • Runtime:
    55 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 4, 2010
  • Production Budget:
    11,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Country of Filming:
    Trinidad and Tobago
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  • Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
    Columbia Gorge, USA
    August 13, 2011
    North West American Premiere
    Best International Short Documentary
  • Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival
    Port of Spain, Trinidad
    Trinidad and Tobago
    August 31, 2010
    Trinidad and Tobago Premiere
Director Biography - Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade, Sharon Syriac

Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade, Trinidadian-Nigerian documentary film director has produced and directed four documentaries. One won an international award at the prestigious Colombia George Film Festival in 2011 for Best International Short Documentary. Tayo, as he is known by friends and colleagues, is nourished by the duality of his mother's island home (Trinidad) and his father's heartland (Nigeria), a duality that has enriched his intercultural experiences and the thematic focus of his films.

Ojoade, born from the cross-cultural union between a Trinidadian mother and a Nigerian father, developed an early interest in art and painting which culminated in a Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Design (graphics) from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University of Technology, in Bauchi, Nigeria and a Bachelor of Arts in Film from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, the latter degree which informed his curiosity about 'moving pictures'.

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