In the West African country of Benin, a young boy
dreams of a beautiful Kaleta—a Halloween-like festival
in which children dress as lions, cats, zebras,
and other animals and go door to door to entertain
their neighbors. The boy soon awakes and enlists
performers from Benin, Ghana, and Liberia to help
him bring his dream to life in this dazzling mix of
dancing, storytelling, drumming, singing, and colorful
masks and costumes. Along the way, we meet
the hilarious trickster phantom “voudouavonou,”
join a “Gelede” masquerade honoring the
Great Mother, take part in a festive
“dance of the returned spirits,” and
Recommended for ages 7 and up.
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