Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, Vol 1, No 2-3 (2005)

Religious Remediations: Pentacostal Views in Ghanaian Video-Movies

Birgit Meyer
Issued Date: 3 Feb 2007


This article addresses the interface of video-films and Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity in Ghana. This interface, it is argued, needs to be examined from a position that transcends the confines of film studies and religious studies and leaves behind a secularist perspective on the relationship between religion and film. On the basis of detailed ethnographic research, it is shown that, far from standing apart from the realm of religious beliefs, video-films call upon audio-visual technologies so as to remediate Pentecostal views of the invisible world around which Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity evolves. Video-films invoke a “techno-religious realism” that addresses spectators in such a way that they authorize video representations as authentic. Transcending facile oppositions of technology and belief, media and authenticity, and entertainment and religion, video-films are shown to achieve immediacy and authenticity not at the expense of, but thanks to, media technologies and practices of remediation.

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DOI: 10.1558/post.v1i2_3.155

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