1hr 53mins

This complex meditation on Black identity and vampirism from director Bill Gunn, following the blood-lusting transformation of a doctor's assistant, is a cult genre favourite of unhinged social realism, dream-logic, twisted romance, and Gothic horror.

This film screens as a part of our season Set it Off: A Tribute to Black Genre Cinema, click here to learn more.

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Black Genre Cinema
Bill Gunn
Strong gory images, very strong language
English & French
Contains Foreign Language Subtitles

Conjuring a unique poetic reflection on class, race and addiction, director Bill Gunn (a prolific playwright, activist, and actor) explores the life of Dr. Hess Green, a wealthy anthropologist researching an ancient African nation of blood-drinkers.

After a bizarre visitation from a troubled man (played by the director himself), Hess becomes prey to a spiralling bloodlust and soon after meets the beguiling Ganja, played by the brilliant Marlene Clark.

One of the inimitable Spike Lee’s favourite films – inspiring his ‘remake’, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, which was also written by Gunn – and a genuine cult horror masterpiece, Ganja and Hess is a film of rich ambiguities located in-between African mythology and Christianity, a hazy dream of pain, desire, and politics.

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