The new documentary by Odwirafo will premier at KANKYE:
HOODOO: Akan Ancestral Religion in North America
We will also screen the award-winning documentary by Odwirafo:
AMARUKAFO ADEBISA: African-American Ancestral Divination..
More films by other filmmakers to be posted soon..
Q&A with filmmakers will follow each screening..
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THE ARC THEATER - Washington DC
Conjure Film Festival
..Hoodoo, Voodoo, Juju, Ngengang, Wanga, Gris Gris, Gullah, Geechee..
KANKYE - Conjure Film Festival exists to educate and empower our people through film in the exploration of our Ancestrally-inherited Religious traditions as Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African-Black) people in America. Our Ancestral Religious traditions inclusive of Hoodoo, Voodoo, Juju, Ngengang, Wanga, Gris Gris, Gullah, Geechee and more have been preserved in our blood-circles in North America for over three centuries since we first arrived in the western hemisphere from Afuraka/Afuraitkait (Africa). Our Ancestral Religions govern every aspect of our lives allowing us to survive and thrive intergenerationally. It is incumbent upon us to accurately relate our narratives.
When Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African-Black) people were forced into North America during the era of enslavement we maintained our Ancestral Religious practices and languages. It was our adherence to our Ancestral Religious practices which empowered us to align with plant life, animal life and mineral life in this western region of the body of Asaase Afua (Fertile Earth Mother) to procure the medicines needed to heal ourselves (rootwork).
Our Ancestresses and Ancestors on Edisto Island, SC - 19th century
It was our adherence to our Ancestral Religious practices which empowered us through spirit-possession and spirit-communication to align with the different expressions of the Deities - the Divine Spirit-Forces in Creation - animating the Earth, Rivers, Ocean, Atmosphere, Fire, Sun, Moon, Planets, Magnetosphere and more to learn how to function harmoniously in this new environment and also how to plot wars of rebellion and execute for our liberation.
Fighting for our liberation
It was our adherence to our Ancestral Religious practices which empowered us to be guided by the Spirits of our Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) Ancestresses and Ancestors who were priestesses and priests, blacksmiths, architects, physicians, agriculturalists, artisans, diplomats, jurists, legislators, counselors, scribes, kings, queens, warriors, warrioresses and more as we worked to sustain ourselves, organize and ultimately free ourselves through incessant war campaigns against the whites and their offspring. We would subsequently establish independent maroon settlements such as Dismal Swamp in Virginia and North Carolina as sovereign territories for our Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) Nation.
Alligator in Dismal Swamp, Virginia
Every aspect of our lives as Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African-Black) people in North America is governed by our Ancestral Religious culture in its varied ethnic expressions such as Hoodoo (Akan), Juju (Yoruba), Voodoo (Ewe, Fon), Ngengang (Fang), Wanga (Ovambo), Gris Gris (Mende), Gullah (Gola), Geechee (Kisi) and more. We align with the Great Mother and Great Father Supreme Being through the agency of the Deities and our Spiritually Cultivated Ancestresses and Ancestors to purify ourselves, educate ourselves and defend ourselves, addressing every posited obstacle in life rooted in Divine Order.
We have preserved our Ancestral Religions intact in North America, just as our relations have done in Haiti (Vodou), Cuba (Lukumi), Brazil (Candomble), Jamaica (Obeah), Suriname (Winti), Guyana (Comfa), Trinidad (Shango) and everywhere that we were taken during the enslavement era. Our preservation has withstood the corruptive influence of the pseudo-religions of christianity, islam, judaism, hinduism, buddhism and more, their fictional characters and false philosophies.
While some in our families have suppressed this reality on the surface to avoid social stigma, many are coming forward now to uphold our Ancestral identity and culture without reservation and without apology.
KANKYE - Conjure Film Festival is the first film festival grounded in what we define as the Conjure Film genre. In this genre we highlight our Ancestral Religious expressions preserved in our matriclan and patriclan blood-circles as Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) people specifically in the United States over the past three centuries. These expressions can be termed 'African-American' Ancestral Religion. There is a great deal of misinformation regarding our culture and thus the misdefining of our Ancestral Religion in North America as 'Afro-American Folk Magic' mixed with 'native-american' and 'european occultism'. This description is totally inaccurate as examined in our article KANKYE - Conjure Defined.
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The first film in the Conjure Film genre is our award-winning documentary film AMARUKAFO ADEBISA: African-American Ancestral Divination.This film examines the forms of oracular divination preserved in the Hoodoo, Juju, Voodoo, Ngengang and Wanga traditions in North America. This is one of the films that will be screened at KANKYE followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
See the trailer below. Watch full film on-demand at:
We are inviting Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African-Black) filmmakers to create and submit your work and become a part of this movement..
We look forward to new films being produced in this genre that will screen for the first time at our festival: narratives and documentaries, features and shorts inclusive of the sub-genres of drama, trustorical/historical, adventure, action, animation, etc. to further the education of our people concerning our Ancestral Religious legacy.
KANKYE - Conjure Defined
KANKYE (kahn-chay’) is a term from the Akan (ah-kahn') people of Ghana and Ivory Coast in West Afuraka/Afuraitkait (Africa). It is comprised of the two words KA (KAN) meaning 'to speak, utter' and AKYE meaning 'to come forth, as in the coming forth of the Sun'. As a term with ritual implications Kankye means 'to utter incantations to make the Spirits of the Deities and Spiritually Cultivated Ancestresses and Ancestors come forth’.
When the Sun emerges at daybreak the great power which was unseen in the ‘underworld’ manifests in the world of the seen. The energy of the Sun illuminates the landscape and also energizes, vitalizes and empowers us. When the Spirits of the Deities and our Spiritually Cultivated Ancestresses and Ancestors are invoked and evoked ritually, they come forth to illuminate our path, shine light in the darkness of ignorance and they also empower us through spirit-possession and spirit-communication.
The term Kankye in Akan is derived from our Ancestral language of ancient Khanit and Kamit (Nubia and Egypt). The medutu (hieroglyphs) shown are the symbols spelling out the terms ka and kye meaning 'to utter incantations to bring the spirits forward' – the exact same meanings preserved in the Akan language.
Yet, when Akan people were forced into North America during the Mmusuo Kese (Great Perversity/Enslavement era) we continued to speak our Ancestral language. We thus continue to use the term Kankye (kahn-chay’) which would come to be pronounced Conjeh and later Conjure.
The Akan term Ndu (oohn-dooh’) means ‘medicine’ from 'roots, trees, plant life' and also to become ‘heavy’ with the spirits through spirit-possession and spirit-communication. This term can also be found in the ancient medutu (hieroglyphs) with the exact same meaning. The term Ndu (oohn-dooh') came to be pronounced HOODOO in North America by our Akan Ancestresses and Ancestors who were brought here.
Ndu and Kankye as descriptions of Akan Ancestral Religion in North America are pronounced by us as Hoodoo and Conjure. From ancient Khanit and Kamit (Nubia and Egypt) through West Afuraka/Afuraitkait (Africa) to North America, from Kankye to Conjeh (Conjure), we have carried on an unbroken lineage of authentic Ancestral Religious culture. This culture is the foundation of our individual, communal and political identity as Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African-Black) people. This is true of all other Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African-Black) ethnic groups who were forced into North America as well who preserved their Ancestral Religious traditions.
Mojo and Jack Ball in Hoodoo - Derived from Mogya and Gyapade in Akan
KANKYE - Conjure Film Festival is unique as we highlight films which embrace our Ancestral Religious legacy in North America. A key component of the enslavement process was the attempt to make our people reject our authentic Ancestral Religious practices which are tens of thousands of years old and embrace the recent pseudo-religions and their fictional characters who never actually existed including the fictional characters: jesus/yeshua, yahweh, allah, muhammad, buddha, brahmin, etc.
A study of Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) trustory, culture, language and cosmology proves in detail how these fictional characters and the related pseudo-religions of christianity, islam, judaism, buddhism, hinduism and others were manufactured by the whites and their offspring for the sole purpose of enslaving us Afurakanu/Afuraitkaitnut (Africans-Black People) mentally. We have exposed this fraud and freed ourselves from these pseudo-religious characters and practices. This includes the pseudo-holy books (bible, quran, torah, vedas, dhammapadas, kabbalah, etc.) which have been proven to be fragmented plagiarisms from the ancient writings our Ancestresses and Ancestors in ancient Khanit and Kamit (Nubia and Egypt).
Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African-Black) people forced into North America during the Mmusuo Kese (Great Perversity/Enslavement era) maintained our Ancestral Religious practices and our spiri-genetic identity. We have shown in our work AKYISAN - Ancestral Religious Reversion that Hoodoo is Akan Ancestral Religion in North America, Juju is Yoruba Ancestral Religion in North America, Wanga is Ovambo Ancestral Religion in North America, Voodoo is Ewe and Fon Ancestral Religion in North America, Ngengang is Fang Ancestral Religion in North America, Gris Gris is Mende Ancestral Religion in North America and more. Thus when over three centuries ago one of our Ancestresses or Ancestors stated ‘I am a Hoodoo man or Hoodoo woman’ it was a statement of identity. One was saying ‘I am an Akan man or Akan woman’. If one said ‘I am a Juju man or Juju woman’, he or she was saying ‘I am a Yoruba man or Yoruba woman’. If one said I am a ‘Voodoo man or Voodoo woman’, he or she was saying ‘I am an Ewe man or Ewe woman’, etc. This firm grounding in our identity was true when we first arrived in this hemisphere and continues to this day for those who are aware, for our Ancestral Religions are transmitted via our spiri-genetic blood-circles. Moreover, no non-Afurakani/non-Afuraitkaitnit (non-African/non-Black) individual is part of nor is spiritually capable of participating in our Ancestrally-inherited Religion. All who claim to do so are fraudulent.
Our Ancestral Religious expressions in North America are not a mixture of pseudo-'native'-americanism nor christian, islamic, judaic, hindu, buddhist or any form of european pseudo-occultism. Any such interpolations are fraudulent.
Our Ancestrally-inherited practices of Hoodoo, Juju, Voodoo, Ngengang, Wanga, Gris Gris, Gola (Gullah), Kisi (Geechee) and all others are purely and exclusively Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) born of and sustained within our matriclans and patriclans for thousands of years to this very moment.
Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) people in North America are not dependent on traveling to Afuraka/Afuraitkait (Africa), the Caribbean or South America for our Ancestral Religious traditions. We have maintained our Ancestral Religions – fully intact – in North America, within our spiri-genetic blood-circles for over three centuries. This includes our priestesshoods and priesthoods.
Critically, it was our Ancestral Religious practices which guided us and empowered us to wage war incessantly against the whites and their offspring through multiple wars of rebellion ultimately forcing the end of enslavement in North America. This is our Ancestral Religious legacy and the foundation upon which we build today.
Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) Ancestral Religion, no matter what form it takes in Afuraka/Afuraitkait (Africa) or the western hemisphere, is defined in essence as the Ritual incorporation of Divine Law and the Ritual restoration of Divine Balance. Our culture, our way of life, directs us to align every thought, intention and action with Divine Order every moment of everyday. When we make legitimate mistakes or seek knowledge to meet this cultural mandate we engage the ritual process to incorporate Divine Law and restore Divine Balance. We align with the Great Mother and Great Father Supreme Being through the agency of the Deities and our Spiritually Cultivated Ancestresses and Ancestors. The Ritual incorporation of Divine Law and the Ritual restoration of Divine Balance is the domain of Kankye – Conjure.
KANKYE – Conjure Film Festival is an institutional instrument for the education, empowerment and elevation of Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African-Black) people in North America and wherever we exist in the world. When we ground ourselves in Divine Order born of our Ancestrally-inherited culture we position ourselves to develop, build and defend ourselves and our Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) Nation meeting and overcoming all obstacles: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, economic and political. Nationbuliding/Restoration rooted in our Ancestral Religious values has returned.
AFURAKA/AFURAITKAIT - The Origin of the term 'Africa'
KANKYE - Akan Origin of of the term 'Conjure' as Hoodoo
Hoodoo Mayn: Hoodoo Nation Festival Journal 13017
Akan Origin of the Term 'Hoodoo'
Hoodoo People: Akan Custodians of Hoodoo from Ancient Hoodoo/Udunu Land (Khanit/Nubia)
AKYISAN - Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) Ancestral Religions Reversion Conference
See our website for related books and articles: www.odwirafo.com/Hoodoo.html
Odwirafo Kwesi Ra Nehem Ptah Akhan
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