Meet the Vodou Priestess Summoning Healing Spirits in Post-Earthquake Haiti (Short Documentary)
Photo Credit: Priestess Manbo Katy

Meet the Vodou Priestess Summoning Healing Spirits in Post-Earthquake Haiti (Short Documentary)

Priestess Manbo Katy
Priestess Manbo Katy

In July 2015, Vice unveiled Broadly, its women-focused channel that debuted on August 3, 2015, so it’s almost a year old now. It covers topics that run the gamut – politics, culture, lifestyle, sex, fashion, and much more – all from the perspective of women around the world.

It’s a global endeavor, like its parent company, broadcasting in-depth documentaries about various subjects – especially those that may not be as well covered by mainstream news sources. Vice has made a point of being a place for men looking for “non-traditional” stories and news coverage, so this is an attempt at trying to appeal to women also seeking “non-traditional” stories, featuring a team of all-women correspondents (as you’d fully expect), tackling news with the same unfiltered approach that has given its parent – Vice – the uncompromising reputation it has today. I’m certainly a subscriber, and have shared some of Vice’s content on this blog in the past.

This is the 4th Broadly piece I’ve published on S&A, and it likely won’t be the last.

This recently-released piece titled “The Vodou Healer,” is an original short documentary that travels to Haiti to profile a Vodou priestess who has dedicated herself to healing her community since it was hit by the devastating earthquake in 2010. The documentary, which was created with Academy Award-winning director Lucy Walker, is accompanied by a virtual reality piece that is available via YouTube 360 and Vrse 360, offering viewers the opportunity to be fully immersed in the setting of the film.

You can watch either/both version of the piece below; first the full-length 15-minute documentary followed by the shorter 5-minute 360 version.

The piece was made possible by Vaseline’s Healing Project.

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