Photo courtesy of Marilyn Nance

The Menil Collection presents an outdoor screening of Al Santa’s landmark 1985 film, Voices of the Gods, held in conjunction with the exhibition Samuel Fosso: "African Spirits," the FotoFest Biennial 2022 exhibition "African Cosmologies," and the 2022 Houston Cinema Arts Festival. Preceding the film, Houston-based African dance and drum ensemble, KoumanKe'le', will present a performance that draws on West African traditional song and dance.

Voices of the Gods captures the rich legacy of ancient African religions practiced today in the United States. It provides viewers with rare insight into the practices and beliefs of the Akan and Yoruba religions and illustrates how mass media has been used to ridicule and denigrate these belief systems. The director provides intimate and respectful studies of an Egungun ancestral communion ceremony and documents daily life in the Yoruba village of Oyotunji in Sheldon, South Carolina, the only traditional African village of its kind in the U.S. today.

Food and drinks will be available via an on-site food truck and guests are permitted to bring snacks and drinks from home (no glass is allowed on the Menil campus).

The Menil Collection presents an outdoor screening of Al Santa’s landmark 1985 film, Voices of the Gods, held in conjunction with the exhibition Samuel Fosso: "African Spirits," the FotoFest Biennial 2022 exhibition "African Cosmologies," and the 2022 Houston Cinema Arts Festival. Preceding the film, Houston-based African dance and drum ensemble, KoumanKe'le', will present a performance that draws on West African traditional song and dance.

Voices of the Gods captures the rich legacy of ancient African religions practiced today in the United States. It provides viewers with rare insight into the practices and beliefs of the Akan and Yoruba religions and illustrates how mass media has been used to ridicule and denigrate these belief systems. The director provides intimate and respectful studies of an Egungun ancestral communion ceremony and documents daily life in the Yoruba village of Oyotunji in Sheldon, South Carolina, the only traditional African village of its kind in the U.S. today.

Food and drinks will be available via an on-site food truck and guests are permitted to bring snacks and drinks from home (no glass is allowed on the Menil campus).

The Menil Collection presents an outdoor screening of Al Santa’s landmark 1985 film, Voices of the Gods, held in conjunction with the exhibition Samuel Fosso: "African Spirits," the FotoFest Biennial 2022 exhibition "African Cosmologies," and the 2022 Houston Cinema Arts Festival. Preceding the film, Houston-based African dance and drum ensemble, KoumanKe'le', will present a performance that draws on West African traditional song and dance.

Voices of the Gods captures the rich legacy of ancient African religions practiced today in the United States. It provides viewers with rare insight into the practices and beliefs of the Akan and Yoruba religions and illustrates how mass media has been used to ridicule and denigrate these belief systems. The director provides intimate and respectful studies of an Egungun ancestral communion ceremony and documents daily life in the Yoruba village of Oyotunji in Sheldon, South Carolina, the only traditional African village of its kind in the U.S. today.

Food and drinks will be available via an on-site food truck and guests are permitted to bring snacks and drinks from home (no glass is allowed on the Menil campus).

WHEN

WHERE

The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006
https://fotofest.org/voices-of-the-gods

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Admission is free.
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