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The History of the Zombie on Screen and its Haitian Voodoo Roots
Voodoo In My Heart (UK 2020, 5mins a New Creatives short produced by Calling The Shots with funding from BBC Arts & Arts Council England)

The History of the Zombie on Screen and its Haitian Voodoo Roots

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Cables & Cameras Presents: INSPIRED

Film + Talk

Please note: This was screened in Sept 2021

Elias Williams
60 mins
"Ultimately, Voodoo in My Heart aims to place Haitian Vodou, a religion born from African spiritual practices during the slave-trade, back at the centre of the zombie genre. Without Haiti and its fascinating Vodou religion, it's very likely that zombie movies wouldn't exist today. This film encourages us to remember and respect the origins of the genre." Filmmaker Elias Williams

Join Bristol Black Horror Club’s Adam Murray for a special screening of Voodoo In My Heart (UK 2020, 5mins) following its UK premiere at Frightfest. Directed by Bristol-based filmmaker Elias Williams (Mandem), it tells the story of a young woman’s last moments in human form before turning into a zombie.

The screening will be followed by an in-conversation exploring ‘Horror Noire’, the Zombie and its Haitian roots. They’ll also discuss how Horror as a genre can elevate and sharpen the production process, skillset, and career paths for young Black and Brown filmmakers in the UK.

This event is part of a BFI Film Academy Recommends series of curated screening events on different themes, as well as opportunities to watch and talk about films. Find out about upcoming screening events, watch shorts made by other new and emerging filmmakers and get inspired.

About Elias Williams:

Elias Williams is a Bristol-based filmmaker and founder of online media platform, Many of his film projects have explored untold historical narratives in the hopes of encouraging young people to engage with history in a creative way. Instagram: @mandemhood

About Bristol Black Horror Club:

Bristol Black Horror Club is an online platform exploring all things Horror through a Black/BIPOC Diasporic lens; informative and fun BBHC sets out to celebrate Black/BIPOC Horror with a regular blog and podcast, as well as bespoke film screening events at various venues in and around Bristol and the South West. For more info visit / @BrisBlakHorrorC / @bristolblackhorrorclub

About BFI Film Academy South West:

BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for 16 – 25 year olds, anywhere in the UK, to get to know more about film and how to make a career in the screen industries. A range of accessible courses, events, workshops, talks and networking are available for those wanting to break into film or find out more about what is on offer. Watershed runs BFI Film Academy in the South West, open to those across the region from Cornwall to Gloucestershire to Hampshire. For more info visit / @FilmAcademySW / @BFIFilmAcademySW

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