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The United States of Hoodoo

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4.0 out of 5 stars (36) IMDb 6.4/10

A spiritual road trip to the sources of African American culture. Turntable wizardry, mind-blowing artwork and fascinating rituals - the old African gods have taken on new forms since their arrival on North America's shores.

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Nick Cave, Darius James
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Music, Documentary
Director Oliver Hardt
Starring Nick Cave, Darius James
Supporting actors Shantrelle P. Lewis, Danny Simmons
Studio Kinonation
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I really wanted to see MORE hoodoo, like practitioners and they got into hoodoo, and maybe show them working their craft. Where was the hoodoo? Maybe it should have been called "The United States of some Hoodoo & New Orleans Voodoo." I feel that it also would have been nice for him to interview Ava Kay Jones, Priestess Miriam, just to name a few.
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Not about Hoodoo or anything else in any great depth, but touches many such bases in an affable manner. All on the course of an African Diaspora oddyssey exploring relatively alternative spirituality in the States as such. Personal enough and with a good cast of folks interviewed, nicely featured music, art, ritual, etc.
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A beautiful, magical, musical, spiritual -- and by the end deeply moving -- journey to the Waters of Return that both divide and unite ourselves and our ancestors, the material and the spiritual, present-day Americas and ancient Africa. A film I know I will watch a number of times, each time gaining something new--something I didn't know I'd lost. Aibobo!
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As some of you know since last fall I have been exploring the calling of "hoodoo" or conjure work/rootwork (As well as other spiritual traditions that stem from African Diaspora) In my exploration of the spiritual practice I was lead to this documentary. I went into it thinking it was going to be a practice-geared explanation on Hoodoo, but instead found a very beautiful narrative about Ancestry, Sharing, African Diaspora traditions, and the importance of connection. This isn't what I was expecting, But I am so glad I stumbled across this film. What this film has to offer isn't on the surface level, rather if you're like me, it stirs emotion and knowing from deep within. Listen "in-between" and you will find the voice or your ancestors, your guidance, your roots.
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The subject is too big to cover in one film. You'd really need a series to begin to do justice. The filmmaker uses the term "Hoodoo," but actually veers all over the map of Afro-Latin-American folk traditions. Hoodoo, Vodon, Vodou, Santeria etc., etc. are all distinct traditions with many overlapping elements. It's easy to get confused trying to research. Still despite the problems, this is a quality production. If you're interested in more films on this/these subject(s) try to find Maya Deren's Divine Horsemen and Richard Stanley's White Darkness.
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Excellent look into the culture, tradition, and history of African Traditional Religions and how the rhythm of Africa still underlines the African-American spiritual culture.
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I had to buy this movie. Something about it spoke to my soul. I love the historical, mystical, musical, food,,ect documentary that entailed so much and gave you a look into what HooDoo encompasses and yet so much more is still untold. Worth the money.
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I am an Amazon customer since 2003. That's TWELVE years. Yet this is the first time EVER that I have left a review for any movie I watched. EVER. This movie made me want to shut everything off and attend my Ancestors on my Boveda. Even my 11 year old was singing along with the Cantor for "Someone Done Hoodoo'ed The Hoodoo Man"! LOL. Like one gentleman stated in the movie:

"Ancestors is where YOUR POWER LIES".

Amen, brother, AMEN
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