Sistagod | Chicago Reader


The barest thread of a narrative connects the many lush and disturbing images in this 2006 experimental HD video from Ghanaian-born Yao Ramesar. A broken white veteran of the Persian Gulf war is mysteriously washed ashore on a Caribbean island, where he falls in love and fathers a child with his black nurse. When their daughter turns 18, she's possessed by a supernatural force and becomes a catalyst for the apocalypse. Shot in Trinidad and Tobago, this is visually stunning: some compositions recall the cool, organic shapes of Edward Weston photographs, others the sinister glamour of a Helmut Newton fashion spread. The most mesmerizing sequence comes near the end, when costumed dancers evoking myriad tribes from Africa to North America gyrate in a psychedelic frenzy toward doom. 72 min.

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