May 29th "The Pierced Heart & The Machete" by Olivia Wyatt (USA / Haiti, 2012)
VENUE: Museum of Contemporary Art, Staendertorvet 3 A, Roskilde - 8 pm
The Pierced Heart & The Machete is a vivid, unflinching exploration of two annual Vodou pilgrimages in Haiti. The first is for Èzili Danto, goddess of love, art and passion; worshippers from all over the world descend on the southwestern town of Ville-Bonheur to bathe in the sacred waterfall where Dantò resides. The second pilgrimage is for Dantò's husband Ogoun, god of war, iron and healing. It takes place at the end of July in the northern town of Plaine du Nord, where practitioners bathe in a mud pool and make flamboyant sacrifices. The documentary offers disorienting yet illuminating glimpses of the contradictory and complementary aspects of these two Iwa, the electrifying rites that honour them, and particularly the intense music that accompanies these ecstatic and bloody ceremonies. Olivia wyatt's vision remains as always sharp, unerring and unobtrusive.
Free. English subtitles.