The Crazy Masters

A French film by Jean Ruch I saw in Brisbane at GOMA one time. The narration is all in French, and the subtitles are uselessly in Italian but honestly it’s worth watching just for the imagery. From memory it tells the story of a group of men (and possibly some women?) in the Ivory Coast who practised ritual possession. The incredible part is the unique ‘characters’ they each play – one possessed by ‘The Governor’, another by ‘The Soldier’, another ‘The Captain’, all former colonial spirits. There’s also a scene with an animal sacrifice I recall.

I think it ends with them all ‘back to normal’ and just living their lives like it’s all no bid deal. Anyway, it’s worth watching. It’s in three parts. (Also there’s a version with spanish subs on YouTube if you