Sarah Keller

in Maya Deren

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print December 2014 | ISBN: 9780231162210
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231538473 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses Maya Deren's greatest unfinished film in Haiti, as well as her other projects related to the country. Although Maya Deren began focusing her energy on plans for a film involving Haiti as early as 1946, and although she continued to make progress on that project long thereafter, it never achieved the form she initially intended. However, she never abandoned her plans for it entirely, and continued to repurpose her Haiti film project until her death in 1961. Over this span of years, she created several other kinds of projects related to Haiti. These projects included Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti, a nonfiction text published in 1953; a music album entitled Voices of Haiti (1953); a photographic series of Haitian subjects; and a number of interviews or lectures over several years, in which she took up the cause of making Haitian Voudoun and the Haitians who practiced it more familiar to her audience.

Keywords: Haiti; Divine Horsemen; Voices of Haiti; Haitian Voudon

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Subjects: Film

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