Film Studies major Will Stephenson continues ICE’s informal weekly series, selecting a variety of world cinema classics and subcultural curiosities.
“Ile Aiye is David Byrne’s breathtaking 1989 documentary on Candomble, the African-influenced spirit cult of the Bahia region of Brazil. . . Ile Aiye uses experimental film techniques, music, and cultural observation to express the life and rituals of Candomble and the symbolic manifestation of the Orishas, the deities which represent the wide range of natural and spiritual forces. The rhythms of the sacred drums and bells, a dance of spiritual ecstasy, offerings and sacrifices, divination and the visitation of the Orishas through trance are all part of the color and life of Candomble. Complemented by the original score from David Byrne recorded with Bahian musicians, the music in Ile Aiye includes ritual music recorded during ceremonies as well as popular Brazilian songs influenced by Candomble.” – DavidByrne.com