Pastor Paul

Saturday, June 4 | 9:00pm

Jules Bartkowski | 70 min., video, 2015, Ghana/USA


“Pastor Paul follows the story of Benjamin, a mathematician and tourist in West Africa who is on a mission to discover the hidden formulas in the rhythms of African drumming. Early on in his travels he is shanghaied by a famous Nollywood actor named Kubolor (Wanlov the Kubolor) into playing the ghost of a white missionary (called Pastor Paul) in a Nollywood film, directed by the eccentric and formidable Funsho Ogundipe (Himself). During the shoot Benjamin experiences an actual spirit possession, speaking in tongues and seizure-like spasms, horrifying the crew and inadvertently giving the director exactly what he was looking for. Benjamin attempts to return to his research, seeking out drummers in remote villages, until his possession reoccurs. From that point on, his life turns into a Nollywood film as he pursues a remedy for this affliction. In the end Benjamin attends the premiere of the Nollywood film where it all began.” – JB

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