Gede Vizyon Directors Marcos Serafim, Jefferson Kielwagen and Steevens Simeon
Gede Vizyon Directors Marcos Serafim, Jefferson Kielwagen and Steevens Simeon

Walking through the cemetery in Port-au-Prince

HAITI / VOODOO: A young Haitian named Britis filmed one of the most notable documentaries recently. But it's only halfway into the movie that even the most vigilant viewer discovers who - or what - the

Young is a regular film critic for Modern Times Review.
Published: 2020-01-09

The amazing camera work in Good Vision however, did not result in membership in any photography association - such organizations tend to exclude four-legged members. Britis is a goat. In the film, the British cemetery visits and explores the Grand Cimetière in Port-au-Prince Haiti - a permanent home for many of his kind, as well as for numerous people, both living and dead.

Britis was equipped with harness and a GoPro camera and was thus able to perpetuate for posterity their travels through a cemetery which is sprinkled with grave supports. Geita's services were hired for a day's recording of an artist trio - Steevens Simeon from Haiti and two steady Brazilians, Jefferson Kielwagen and Marcos Serafim. This happened during the fifth Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince - a sober counterpart to the large and relatively lavish Venice Biennale.

Baron Samedi is perhaps the most famous of all vodou creatures.

The result of the footage was then edited down to a 15-minute movie called Good Vision, which was presented in 2018 at a variety of shows and festivals in the US, UK, Netherlands, Brazil, Israel, Serbia and Haiti. However, it seems like it went under the radar of the biggest and most prestigious festivals for documentary and experimental films. This is astonishing, given that Good Visions'originality, visual delight and captivating balance between extreme simplicity and underlying complexity are enough to secure a place in any serious list of 2018's most notable awards - no matter their length.

Voodoo references

A word about the title (which, like all other "dialogue" heard in the film, is Haitian-Creole): Vision- the part is self-explanatory; gede it's a little worse. But goat (also known as Guédé or Ghede) are the spirits responsible for death and fertility in Haitian water (that is to say voodoo), and their area logically includes burial sites such as the expansive hillside of Grand Cimetière. Gede dominates two of the film's three audio elements: as well as the sound from the GoPro camera (which includes…

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