L’épaisseur des murs

“For the way the film reveals through religious practices a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince struggling with its changes and conflicts, and for its formal qualities of sound, image and editing. Facing a clear increase in conservative and various forms of intolerance – including religious – the film gives us a space to share experiences with voodoo practitioners who still suffer the political persecution in the country that was the first in the Americas to rise up against the colonial yoke.” – Jury of the International Film Festival of Recife, Brazil, 2015


To the heart of a Port-au-Prince neighborhood in Haiti, in the Jean-Max voodoo house, those whom he calls his “children” operate the singular metamorphosis of the place. Through daily life and the religious journey, we follow the thread of a memory that reflects both an extraordinary cultural strength and beauty, religious conflicts and the wounded face of Haitian society. Voices from the past and present resound and question a certain chaotic off-screen reality in the country…


Festival International du Film Ethnographique de Récife, 2015
(Mention spéciale du jury)
Festival International du Film d’Afrique et des Iles, La Réunion, 2012
International Visual Anthropology Workshop on Visualizing Crisis – Centro Incontri Umani, Ascona (Suisse), 2012
Digital Anthropologies, Centre de création numérique Le Cube, Paris 2013
Comité du Film Ethnographique – Cycle “L’autre & le sacré” – Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, Paris 2013


Lenght : 41 Min
Aspect Ratio : 16/9 – Color
Language : Creole, French with English and French subtitles
Sound : Stereo
Screening format : DCP, HDCAM, DigiBeta(PAL),Beta SP (PAL)
Auteur-Réalisateur : Federico Varrasso
Image : Federico Varrasso
Image additionnelle: Federico D’Ambrosio
Son : Yves Bemelmans
Montage son, Mixage : Jean-François Levillain
Etalonnage: Miléna Trivier
Montage : Sébastien Demeffe, Federico Varrasso, Luc Plantier
Producteurs: Federico Varrasso, Sébastien Andres
Soutiens: Wallonie Bruxelles International, CPC atelier de production,
Wallonie Image productions
Production / Diffusion : acta films, atelier Graphoui, Visual Exchange