Thursday, July 12th
In Search of Voodoo is an origin story. It weaves together a personal, cultural, and spiritual journey - capturing the vibrant tales of Voodoo, West Africa, and Benin’s favorite son, actor Djimon Hounsou. Following Hounsou back to the country of his birth, it’s the story of a man rediscovering the core of his past and the lessons that the world can learn from a vibrant, yet misrepresented way of life.
Spirituality, in all its forms, represents the cornerstone of everyday life for billions across the globe. In Search of Voodoo seeks to illuminate the practice of faith that is prevalent within West Africa and the African Diaspora. There is a dark and unfair mythology surrounding the central tenants of that faith that we believe this project can help dispel.
Voodoo is an organic belief system that values the most positive aspects of nature and life. The spirits of Voodoo are regarded as beneficent beings, each controlling their domain with respect and harmony rather than violence and conflict. It is truly something to be celebrated and can help bring back a consciousness and identity of being Africans which has been lost since the slave trade. In Search of Voodoo will give a world-wide audience an inside experience to Voodoo ceremonies, led by well-respected priests, that has never been captured on film before.
Thursday, July 12th
Saturday, March 10
Regal South Beach Cinemas 18
Djimon Hounsou - Director, Writer, & Producer
Djimon Hounsou is a two-time Academy Award-nominated actor for his work in the ﬁlms In America and Blood Diamond. Hounsou was honored with an NAACP Image Award, a National Board of Review citation and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his role as Solomon Vandy in Blood Diamond. For his role as Mateo in In America, Hounsou won an Independent Spirit Award, was named the 2004 ShoWest Supporting Actor of the Year and shared in a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Cast Performance. Born in Benin, West Africa, Hounsou moved to Paris at the age of 13 to get a better education. As an adult, he was discovered by fashion designer Thierry Mugler and then worked with legendary photographer Herb Ritts. Hounsou was subsequently spotted by director David Fincher, who cast him in several music videos. Small ﬁlm roles followed before Hounsou’s breakthrough role came in 1997 as Cinque, the African who leads an uprising to regain his freedom in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama Amistad. The performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination and a NAACP Image Award. He later shared in a SAG Award nomination as a member of the cast of Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, Gladiator.
Douglas Thompson - Writer & Editor
Douglas has been embedded in numerous feature documentary projects, including The Race To Save The World, examining the burning issue of climate change, and The General and Me, an exploration of General Vo Ngyuen Giap, Ho Chi Minh’s right hand man credited with winning the Indochina and Vietnam Wars. He has created programs for Hillary Clinton during her tenure of Secretary of State for presentation to The United Nations and Brookings Institution, and was in charge of the Middle East Project at The Annenberg Foundation. Douglas has spent years exploring and photographing Africa, and holds a degree in anthropology from the University of Michigan.
Kwaku Altson - Director of Photography
Kwaku Alston photographed some of the most famous faces in the world—from Nelson Mandela, Hollywood luminaries, and Grammy winners, to Oprah Winfrey and President Barack Obama and the First Family— as well as for editorial and advertising clients like Crate& Barrel, Coca-Cola, Blackberry, Target, and Verizon to The New York Times Magazine, Real Simple, and Time.
Eric McGaw - Producer
As Vice President of Fanaticus Entertainment, Eric has been involved with all aspects of the documentary and looks to expand the company's development slate further. Coming out of the University of Georgia, Eric doubled in Finance and Film Production. He previously worked at Georgeville Entertainment, Flynn Picture Company, and Scott Rudin Productions.
Polo Orisha - Assistant Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Editor, & Motion Graphic Designer
Polo Orisha is an artist, Cinematographer, Colorist, Director, and Editor. Living in Los Angeles. He is originally from Benin, a former Studio Manager, Digital Content Director and Broadcast Technician for Golfe Media Group, one of the largest Television and Radio Stations in Benin, West Africa. Polo currently works for Fanaticus Entertainment as a Cinematographer and Editor.
Oswald Hounsou - Unit Production Manager
Born in raised in Benin, Oswald Hounsou came to study in the United States to assist in entertainment productions in his home country. Fluent in English, French and a half dozen West African dialects, he carries a decade of experience as a liaison for media relations and publicity in Africa. Owner of OZ Music Group.