The United States of Hoodoo

The United States of Hoodoo / Trailer DE from Signature Films Frankfurt.

Theatrical Distribution (Germany) in cooperation with REAL FICTION

World Sales Agent: RISE & SHINE, Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH


Genre: Documentary Feature
Length: 100 Min. / 55 Min. (TV)

Short Version available for World Sales
Digital Distribution in the U.S. / Canada in preparation

A road movie of the soul: For a period of two months, Darius James, the author of That´s Blaxploitation!!!! and Negrophobia, and German director and filmmaker Oliver Hardt (Black Deutschland) embark on a journey into the fabric of African-rooted, urban creativity. Their aim is to find voodoo’s contemporary forms of expression in music, arts and culture and to learn about their universal spiritual sources. Through meetings with musicians, writers and artists, miracle healers and gumbo cooks, Mississippi Blues men and black Elvis imitators, this documentary draws a picture of a culture that has always been hybrid and porous, and which has drawn on its unique mix of different ethnic influences to produce its cultural diversity, allure, and vitality.

Featuring Darius James, Ishmael Reed, Nick Cave, Val Jeanty, Shantrelle P. Lewis, David “Goat” Carson, Sallie Ann Glasman, Hassan Sekou Allen, Danny Simmons and many others.

Director: Oliver Hardt
Writers: Darius James, Oliver Hardt

Cinematography: Harald Schmuck
Sound: Tobias Schinko
Editing: Martin Hoffmann
Still Photography: Ayana V. Jackson

Original Music: Arto Lindsay

Executive Producer: popp & malzahn
Creative Producer: Christel Brunn
Associate Producer: Melanie Flemming
Associate Producer USA: Petra Hammerl-Mistry
Production Manager: Melanie Jaenecke
Production Assistant: Bianca Stich

Production company: Stoked Film, Frankfurt
in co-production with tvt. film+vfx, Oliver Hardt/signature films and ZDF/arte

Commissioning editor: Kathrin Brinkmann, ZDF

Research, development, production and theatrical distribution with friendly support by 
the Hessian Film Fund (German Website).

U.S. funding supported by the San Francisco Film Society – Project Development and
Fiscal Sponsorship program.

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