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Bill Gunn
1970
Color
110 minutes
US
 
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Ganja and Hess

This extraordinary foray into the realms of Black consciousness has acquired deserved status as a cinema classic. The vampire film genre is used to create a mythical vision of the forces that shape Dr. Hess Green, a wealthy recluse driven to enact a ritual. Ganja discovers his bloody curse, becomes his enemy and lover, and emerges from the conflicts that ultimately destroy Hess. This film draws on the conflict between Christian myth and African spirituality, sanity and survival in a culture rife with saints and monsters.

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"...the most complicated, intriguing, subtle, sophisticated, and passionate Black film of the seventies. If Sweet Sweetback is Native Son, Ganja and Hess is Invisible Man."
- James Monaco, American Film Now, 1979

 
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