ADRSA is pleased to feature two powerful films for our 2nd film festival to be held in conjunction with our 2nd conference. Join us on Saturday, April 12 beginning at noon at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School as we screen the following films:

12 noon | It's Been Poetry

Documentary on the life and legacy of Oba Oseijeman Efuntola Adefunmi I, the founder and first king of Oyotunji Village in Sheldon, SC. The film features rare footage, photos, and interviews with some of the village founders and explores the village's connections to Black Nationalism and the revival of African religions in the US.

1:30 pm | Ancestral Voices: Esoteric African Knowledge (
A discussion with co-director Dalian Adofo will follow the film)

An educational documentary spanning two continents, opening up a much-needed debate about traditional African spiritual systems; their cosmologies, ideologies and underlying ethical principles.

Through video interviews, a range of individuals of different faiths in the United Kingdom share their experiences, knowledge and perceptions of these systems in relation to other established religions and mainstream media coverage of them.

Traditional shaman from the Greater Accra, Eastern and Ashanti regions in Ghana, West Africa, are also interviewed to provide authentic accounts of their cosmologies, practices and esoteric spiritual systems.