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Audiovisuelle Medien

Filmagem de Brésiliens d'Afrique ..., Salvador, 1973Filmage de Brésiliens d'Afrique et Africains du Brésil, Salvador, 1973Cinema, videos and sound recordings have also aroused Pierre Verger's attention. Indeed, he was friend with film directors such as Jean Rouch and ethnomusicologists like Gilbert Rouget.


Verger had a decisive participation in the design, making and direction of various films, some of which were not edited. They are films about aspects of the Bahian and African cultures.

  • Transes de possession religieuse au Dahomey, Film 16 mm, basé sur filme Les Molécules sacrées (não editado), avec la colaboration de Jean Lallier et Monique Tosello, França, 1972.
  • Brésiliens d'Afrique et Africains du Brésil, Film, collaboration de Yannick Bellon, ORTF, France, 1975.
  • Carnaval no Brasil nos anos 40, Vidéo, 10 min., Nice/ São Paulo, 1984.
  • La Baie de Tous les Saints, Monique Tosello, 2 parties de 52 min., França, 1985
  • Ligne de fuite, Vidéo produite par Anne Papillaut, CNRS Audiovisuel, 21', France, 1985.
  • A-Tun Pade, Film format U-MATIC, Système PAL-M, 42', Corrupio Vídeo, Brasil, 1990.


Sound RecordingsCd Casa de Oxumare

Regarding sound recordings, the collection of FPV consists of about 130 hours of recordings made in Nigeria and Benin, mostly with sacred texts in Yoruba (about 100 hours), recordings of sacred music from Africa and, to a lesser extent, from Bahia, both in roll tape and in cassette tapes. This collection is in precarious conditions.

Recently, the only soundtrack recording made by Verger in Bahia involving the alabês of the Oxumaré house has been restored and published. The resulting book, Casa de Oxumaré - Os cânticos que encantaram Pierre Verger, written by Angela Lühning and Sivanilton Encarnação da Mata, shows the religious musical tradition of this terreiro, featured in two CDs annexed to the book.