This intimate ethnographic study of Voudoun dances and rituals was shot by Maya Deren during her years in Haiti (1947-1951); she never edited the footage, so this “finished” version was made by Teiji Ito and Cherel Ito after Deren’s death.
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Shot by Maya Deren, pieced together by Teiji and Cherel Ito, this is a great documentary on the very voodoo Deren became immersed in and serves as a testament not only to the religion itself but to her adherence to it.
An older ethnographic documentary like this offers layers of information:
The photographic documentation of the lives and practices of the people being filmed.
The choices made by the filmmaker(s) about what to show and how to show it.
The narration or commentary which can offer insight into the people and society being documented; but just as much into the http://letterboxd.com/mharbour/films/diary/