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Of Men and Gods

Countering misperceptions about the voodoo religion, "Of Men and Gods" succinctly illustrates through the examples of several gay male practitioners in Haiti that the faith is progressive, rather than exclusionary and backward. Fests should scamper for such a rarity.

Countering misperceptions about the voodoo religion, “Of Men and Gods” succinctly illustrates through the examples of several gay male practitioners in Haiti that the faith is progressive, rather than exclusionary and backward. Co-helmers Anne Lescot and Laurence Magliore’s docu is sensitive and nicely subdued. Fests should scamper for such a rarity from one of the least documented zones in the Western Hemisphere, and its spread of themes — from gay concerns to religious tolerance — augers well for Euro and specialty tube airings.

Lescot and Magliore maximize a personal approach by casually introducing each of several gay men in the Port-au-Prince area who practice voodoo, each offering a slightly different angle on the topics of alternative sexuality and religion. Blondine and Innocente provoke the most homophobic responses with their more feminized profile, but latter is fully accepted by his family. Priests such as Fritzner and Erol help fill in the spiritual dimensions of voodoo. A closely observed pilgrimage suggests the cathartic, collective experience these men gain from this frequently misunderstood but clearly tolerant faith.

Of Men and Gods

Haiti

  • Production: A Documentary Education Resources release (in U.S.) of a Digital LM presentation. Produced by Jeremy Simmons, Michael Warwick. Executive producers, Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey. Directed by Anne Lescot, Laurence Magliore.
  • Crew: Camera (color, DV), Lescot, Jean-Francois Chalut, Magliore; editors, Rachele Magliore, Laurence Magliore; music, Turgot Theodat, Djolkidi. Reviewed at L.A. Outfest, July 12, 2003. Creole, French dialogue. Running time: 52 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Blondine, Innocente, Madsen, Fritzner, Erol, Denis, Jean-Marcel, Flonise.