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Sunday, May 30 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Retour au pays des ames/Return To The Land of Souls

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In the 21st century many ancestral beliefs are struggling to survive in a hostile, fast-changing world. In southeast Ivory Coast, some Akan communities still make contact with the spirits through Komians or animistic priests who go into a trance and are possessed by the spirits of the Forest and the Waters. Jean Marie Addiaffi (1941-1999), a writer and intellectual from Ivory Coast, fought to conserve the Akans' oral literature, myths and legends, and the knowledge and uses of the plants. In the film 'Return to the land of souls', Yéo Douley, a disciple of Jean Marie Addiaffi , will set out on a journey to visit his master's grave and carry out a ritual libation. On his travel, he will attend the initiation rites of three people chosen by the spirits and witness one of them proclaimed as the new Komian or high animistic priest. Development of the screenplay took into account how the camera approaches what is being narrated, striking the right balance and contrast between the atmosphere of the animistic experience and travel ling through the country. The screenplay makes it clear that the shots of animistic rites should give the impression of glimpsing a forbidden world, by foreshortening and trying to capture the essence of the moment as closely as possible.

Sunday May 30, 2010 10:00am - 11:15am

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