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The Healing Passage: Voices from the Water (2004)

Prominent cultural artists explore the present-day residuals of the trans- Atlantic slave trade and use music, ritual, dolls, spoken word and visual art to create paths to healing.


S. Pearl Sharp


S. Pearl Sharp




Credited cast:
Riua Akinshegun Riua Akinshegun ... Herself
Ysaye M. Barnwell Ysaye M. Barnwell ... Herself
Oscar Brown Jr. Oscar Brown Jr. ... Himself
Katrina Browne ... Herself
Olivia Cousins Olivia Cousins ... Herself
Tom Feelings Tom Feelings ... Himself
Haile Gerima ... Himself
Chester Higgins Jr. Chester Higgins Jr. ... Himself
Lola Kemp Lola Kemp ... Herself
Nyesha Khalfani Nyesha Khalfani ... Herself
Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye ... Himself
Gil Noble Gil Noble ... Himself
Babatunde Olatunji Babatunde Olatunji ... Himself
Abbey Onikoye Abbey Onikoye ... Himself
John Outterbridge John Outterbridge ... Himself


This film was ten years in the making but S. Pearl Sharp was determined that it be made. This powerful documentary explores the residual impact of the African Halocaust, slavery and its reverberations in the world today. It takes a colorful look at genetic memory, psychological trauma and community consciousness in present day behavior. Written by chemiche3

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1 July 2004 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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A Sharp Show See more »
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The Documentary Channel selected THE HEALING PASSAGE/VOICE FROM THE WATER to kick off its Black Documentary Filmmakers series, premiering in Feb., 2011. See more »

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A documentary about the use of art as an instrument of healing
9 July 2006 | by lebeditSee all my reviews

When we think of art we usually think of museums. Or galleries. Or artists' studios. We think of art as entertaining or beautiful or "in vogue". This profound and wonderful documentary shows us artists who use their art to heal the human spirit. Director S. Pearl Sharp asks us to shift our perspective. She examines the responsibility that the artist who is of African descent has to help heal the historic ravages of slavery. Black and white were damaged. Black and white need to be healed. All the artists showcased use their creations to improve the society they live in. The Healing Passage is a thoughtful film. It is both educational and entertaining. It features some well-known artists and others who are lesser-known. It contains what is probably one of the last filmed performances of Oscar Brown, Jr.

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