African American Roots

Voodoo, the religion of many black slaves, was directly linked to Egyptian mythology, as explained by linguist Marc Monsia, author of several recent books published in Benin never translated into English. It was while following the making of a book of photographic art on voodoo that his books came into my hands. Thanks to Zinsou' Fondation, the photographer J.D. Burton, Dominique Hazoumé and the priestess Combethe, the doors of the convents opened for us, for you, revealing their hidden altars, with the blessing of the highest priests and priestesses concerned about preserving their heritage. We don't need a so-called enlightened white speech about voodoo, we need the words of black african experts. That's what you get in that documentary. All of this contributes to discover the beauty and strength of the deep roots of the Afro-Americans, which are often misunderstood or denigrated. Secrets create suspicion. Ignorance prevents us from living together in harmony. More than ten years after the publication of the book, the date of the first exhibition has become a den, a moment of sharing and reunion, despite the deaths of several important people immortalized forever by this film.

  • Samuel Lampaert
  • Samuel Lampaert
  • Visu-L
  • Dominique Hazoumé
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    "The guide"
  • Jean-Dominique Burton
    Key Cast
  • Marc Monsia
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    1 hour 8 minutes
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    March 15, 2020
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    20,000 EUR
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    English, French
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Director Biography - Samuel Lampaert

Samuel Lampaert, born in 1968 in Brussels, directed the short films "Hi, Mates!" in 2002, "On ne Peut pas Tout Prévoir" in 2004, "30 Minutes by day" in 2013, "The wall" in 2015 as well as the documentary "African American Roots" in 2020. He is working on new fiction films projects.

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