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Dance, Voodoo, Dance (Benin).

Among the many ethnic groups of Benin, two in particular stand out as practitioners of the ancient rites of voodoo. This program explains who the voodoo practitioners are as well as the mythical origins of their cult; it also shows the music and dance of these two groups. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1992. 15 min.

Divine Carcasse.(Belgium | Benin, 1998)

Directed by Dominique Loreau. Fictional documentary which follows the life of a car imported to Benin, Africa, by a European expatriate. Intersecting cultures are seen when the car passes to his African cook who uses it as a taxi service, and finally, village life and traditions are shown when the scraps from the car are made into a divinity commissioned by the villagers. In French, Fon and Yoruba with English subtitles. In French, Fon and Yoruba with English subtitles. 60 min.

Femmes Aux Yeux Ouverts (Women with Open Eyes) (Library of African Cinema).

Profiles contemporary African women in four West African countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin. We meet a woman active in the movement against female genital mutilation, a health care worker educating women about sexually transmitted diseases, and businesswomen who describe how they have set up an association to share expertise and provide mutual assistance. 1994. 52 min.
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Laura the Taxi Driver (Benin).

Laura is the first woman to stake her claim under the law to what had been exclusively a male preserve; driving a taxi. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1992. 13 min.