Journey into the spiritual life of the Ewe people of Southern Togo and witness the rituals of Gorovodu adepts in West Africa in this ethnographic film co-produced by Wayne State University Alumni Dr. Eric Montgomery and Dr. Christian Vannier. This film is an ethnographic journey into the heart of Ewe Gorovodu culture in Southern Togo. Divided into seven chapters, the film first depicts everyday village life. Then, the Gorovodu pantheon of gods are introduced and explained. Ritual, spirit possession and divination form the foundation of the project. Mama Tchamba, Mami Wata, and Afa divination are primary elements which are thoroughly explored and illustrated. The film culminates with two Vodu ceremonie: Fetatrotro and Salah. "Chasing the Spirit" will be of interest to all students of Africa, especially those interested in comparative religion, political-economy African studies, anthropology, and sociology. A discussion with the director follows the film.
This film screening is free and open to the public. For more information call (313) 494-5800
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 East Warren Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201