2011, 35 minutes
DIRECTOR: Emily McMehen
PRODUCER: Geoffrey Sautner, Emily McMehen
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Geoffrey Sautner
Full Credits for Achante


Achante is an atmospheric portrait of Haitian Vodou. Using a unique filmmaking technique that combines a documentary shooting style with creative adaptations of religious icons and historical facts, Achante parallels the Vodou creation story with the historical creation of the free nation of Haiti. It features an original score by acclaimed musician Nick Zammuto, with voice over taken from a series of interviews with Max G. Beauvoir, a Houng'an and internationally recognized authority on Vodou. More info

Awards and press:

" audacious work from the point of view of an author that is without compromise and without judgement..." Vues d'Afriques Film Festival 2012

Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival Court Métrage: Cannes 2012
Official Selection - Fantasia Film Festival: Montrèal, Canada 2012
Official Selection - Sheffield DocFest Videotheque 2012: Sheffield, UK 2012
Invited Selection - Best of ÉCU - In the Palace: Sofia, Bulgaria 2012
WINNER - Best Experimental Film - European Indepedent Film Fest: Paris 2012
WINNER - Best Experimental Film - Vegas Indie FF 2011: Las Vegas 2011
WINNER - Denali Award - Alaska International Film Awards: Alaska 2011
Nominated - Best New Director - Festival des Vues D'Afrique: MontrèaL 2012
Nominated - Sheffield Doc/Fest Award for Best Doc -LSFF London 2012
Nominated - Best Documentary - Miami Short Film Festival: Miami, 2012
Official Selection - Fargo Film Festival: Fargo ND 2011
Official Selection - Independent Filmmakers Showcase: Santa Monica, CA 2011
Official Selection - River's Edge Film Festival: Paducah, Kentucky 2011
Official Selection - Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival: Port of Spain 2011
Official Selection - Bronx Film Festival: Bronx, NY USA 2011
Ofiicial Selection - New York Hell's Kitchen Film Festival: New York 2011
Honourable Mention: Los Angeles Art-House Film Festival 2011
Honourable Mention: LA International Underground Film Festival 2011
Fleurs de Mal - New Art from London: Wroclaw, Poland 2012
Zammuto/Achante 2012: 92YTribeca, New York 2012
Zammuto in Concert: Mass MoCA, North Adams MA 2012

Interview with Emily and Geoffrey: John Seven Archive
Africine profile