Film Studies Professor Georg Koszulinski's latest documentary feature, Loa: Encounters with the Sacred Spirits of Haiti, has its premiere at DOCFeed 2016, an international documentary film festival held in Eindhoven, Netherlands, in February. Loa will have its U.S. premiere at the 40th annual Atlanta Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, in April. The documentary is being released by Substream Films in association with Kembe La Collaborative.
Over three years in the making, Loa presents the Vodou religion as practiced in the rural mountains of Haiti. The film invites a critical discussion focusing on the history of colonization around the world and aims to contribute to a global understanding of Vodou, a syncretic religion central to Haitian cultural identity.
“Loa presents an expressive account of rural Vodou via a portrait of the houngan Extanta Aoleé, who has served the Loa, or sacred spirits of Haiti, for over a half century,” Koszulinski said.
Georg Koszulinski’s award-winning films have been presented at hundreds of colleges, universities, and film festivals around the world. The films in his Florida Trilogy (2007-14), Cracker Crazy, Immokalee U.S.A., and Last Stop, Flamingo received numerous film festival accolades, including Best Documentary Prize for Last Stop, Flamingo at the U.S. Super 8 Film and Video Festival.
Fandor, the streaming service that features independent and international films released The Florida Trilogy and his experimental film essay series Frontier Journals this year. His work has also appeared on the Documentary Channel and the Journal of Short Film.
Koszulinski, who received his MA in film studies and MFA in film and video production, joined the English Department faculty in 2013. His teaching and areas of expertise include social justice documentary, independent film and video production, film analysis, and screenwriting.