The Guardian of the Forces

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© Folly
52 minutes / Colour / 1991
Directed by
Anne Laure Folly

Country of production France

'The Guardian of the Forces' introduces the viewer to the world of Sikavi, a ‘fetish priest’ in Lome, Togo. He controls the spirits of several voodoos or gods. The film explores the significance of sacrifice and possession in communicating with spirits of ancestors and voodoo deities. Tradition and modernity are contrasted in this colourful documentary, which provides insight into healing practices of life and death.

Language and subtitles French with English Subtitles

Region West Africa

Country Togo

Keywords Health / Health care / Healing Possession Ritual