Soul Jazz Records/Films presents Iron in the Soul, a stunning new DVD collection of documentary films about the world of Haiti â€“ vodou, art & culture by filmmaker and photographer Leah Gordon. Gordon’s photography book ‘Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti’ was published by Soul Jazz Records/ Books in 2010 to critical acclaim.
This DVD is the latest addition to Leah Gordon’s work exploring Haiti’s surreal and fascinating cultural world. Similarly Soul Jazz Records have amassed a growing set of Haitian releases including Voodoo Drums, Spirits of Life; Haitian Voodoo, Rara in Haiti and Kanaval. With this release Soul Jazz continues its exploration of the rich cultural world of the Caribbean – with records, books and films from Jamaica, Cuba, Guadeloupe, Colombia and more with releases such as Mirror To The Soul, 90 Degrees of Shade, Gwo Ka, lack Caribs of Belize, to name but a few.
Leah Gordon is a co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, curator of the Haitian Pavillion at the 54th Venice Biennale & co-curator of ‘In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Hatian Art’ show in 2012 at the Fowler Museum, UCLA. This DVD is a collection of ther three documentaries about Hatian art, music and culture made over an 11-year period.
A Pig’s Tale (52 Min.)
A feature-length documentary linking Hatian pigs, Vodou and North American economic imperialism, commissioned for Channel 4.
Atis Rezistans: The Sculptors of Grand Rue(32 Min.)
Contemporary Hatian artists Celeur, Eugene, Claude and Guyodo all grew up in Port au Prince. Their work references their shared African and Hatian cultural heritage and a dystopian sci-fi view of the future. A multi-layered film, a portrait of a neighbourhood materially poor but culturally rich, and a meditation on the links between sex, death and creativitiy as expressed through the Vodou spirit Gede who influences all their work.
Bounda pa Bounda: A Drag Zaka(20 min.)
A documentary abouyt Bounda pa Bounda (Cheek by Arse), a character from Jacmel carnival, who dresses in drag inside a sacred Vodou altar space before going onto the streets with his rara music group.