Maya Deren (1917–1961)


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Maya Deren came to the USA in 1922 as Eleanora Derenkowsky. Together with her father, a psychiatrist, and her mother, an artist, she fled the pogroms against Russian Jews. She studied journalism and political science in at Syracuse University in New York, finishing her BA at NYU in June 1936 and then received her MA in English literature from Smith... See full bio »

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(1943)
(1959)
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 2014 Agnes Obel: Dorian (Short)
 1985 Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (Documentary) (original footage)
 1958 The Very Eye of Night (Short)
 1949 Medusa (Short)
 1949 Meditation on Violence (Short)
 1946 The Private Life of a Cat (Documentary short) (co-director)
 1944 At Land (Short)
 1944 Witch's Cradle (Short)
 1943 Meshes of the Afternoon (Short)
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Other Works:

Book: "Diving Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti". It is considered one of the most useful books on Haitian voodoo. See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 7 Print Biographies | See more »
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Art actually is based on the notion that if you would really celebrate an idea or a principle, you must think, you must plan, you must put yourself completely in the state of devotion, and not simply give the first thing that comes to your head. See more »

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After divorcing Hammid, Deren began making trips to Haiti. She observed and filmed Voudoun rituals and dance. In 1951, she began a relationship with a 15-year-old Japanese musician, Teiji Ito. Deren was 43 and became both mentor and lover to Ito and they lived in New York and traveled to Haiti, filming various Haitian Voudoun rituals over the next few years. She became very involved in the ... See more »

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