Shouters and the 'Control Freak' Empire Documentary
by Oyetayo Ojoade
(Trinidad and Tobago)
This documentary film exposes the schisms inherent in the unhappy marriage between the secular and the sacred, first offering a socio-historical context as it re-visits the 1917 - 1951 Prohibition Ordinance on the “Shouter” Baptist religion of Trinidad & Tobago but it goes further by daring to challenge laws that legislates against a belief system, questioning the real causes and the effects of such legislation both on members of the faith and the general public.
This film intertwines Christianity with African cultural practices, it juxtaposes Euro-centricism with Afro-centricism and it restores a voice to the voiceless in a film that is compellingly visual and profoundly enlightening.
Directors:Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade and Onwubiko Agozino
Writer: Sharon Syriac