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Holy Hustlers

Synopsis
Charismatic, street-wise young men, living in Botswana’s capital, command the prophetic domain in Eloyi, their Apostolic faith-healing church, at a time of escalating crisis. Bitter, sinful accusations divide Eloyi’s village-based archbishop and his son, the city based bishop. The church itself, seen to be ‘under destruction’, splits.

Inspired by the Holy Spirit, prophets are seen in trance, whirling in ecstasy, praying, running wild in exorcism and feeling patients’ pain in their own bodies. But beyond empathy and avowed compassion, prophets hustle and shock.

This film illuminates the creative tension between holiness and hustling by showing how, in this Apostolic church’s time of crisis, city prophets assert themselves powerfully because they are both holy and hustlers.
Series
Well Being Quest in Botswana, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2009
Subjects
Anthropology; Religious studies
Keywords
Botswana; religious belief and practice; faith healing

Credits

Director
Richard Werbner

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£50.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
53 minutes
Year
2014

Production Company

Name

Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology

Address
School of Social Sciences
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PL
United Kingdom
Notes
Over 100 films produced by Granada Centre students, staff and film-makers working in association with the Granada Centre are now distributed by the Royal Anthropological Institute. Visit the RAI website for further details

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute

Contact
Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer)
Email
film@therai.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7387 0455
Fax
020 7388 8817
Address
50 Fitzroy Street
London
W1T 5BT
Notes
The Institute sells more than 250 anthropology and ethnology titles on video and DVD, including some produced by students and staff of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. There is also a large library of internationally produced film and video productions from which items may be borrowed within the UK.

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