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Filmmaker Mayet to present African documentaries at WCU

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:00 pm | Updated: 2:02 pm, Tue Jul 1, 2014.

Filmmaker Hisham Mayet will present documentaries that depict culture along the Niger River and ceremonies of West Africa at Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Sept. 24, and Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Screenings of “Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast” and “The Divine River: Ceremonial Pageantry in the Sahel” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the theater of Hinds University Center on both days. The events, which are free and open to the public, will be accompanied by question-and-answer sessions.

In “Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast,” Mayet explores Benin, the cradle of voodoo and the coast from which many slaves were exported. The film features footage Mayet captured in 2010 of Vodoun celebrations and ceremonies.

Meanwhile, “The Divine River: Ceremonial Pageantry in The Sahel” features footage captured between 2007 and 2012 of the music, ritual, life and landscape along a river as it winds through Mali and the Republic of Niger. Highlights range from courtship rites and trance vocals of young Wodaabe men to a mask ritual atop the Bandiagara Escarpment in the village of Endele.

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