Shake the Devil Off

  • Switzerland 
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It is six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans. Its inhabitants – mostly poor Afro-Americans – have lost their family, homes, and work. And now, at St. Augustine Church the axe has just fallen. The archdiocese has announced it will close the church parish and send old Father Ledoux away. Here at St. Augustine Church for the first time slaves and whites sat side by side, singing to God. Many people say this is where jazz was born. Why has this new catastrophe happened? Do the people who have lost so much, now risk losing their faith as well?

German and French subtitles are available for download only in DVD format.




  • Original title
    Shake the Devil Off
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Peter Entell, Lydia Breen
  • DOP
    Jón Björgvinsson
  • Music
    Treme Brass Band, Marsalis family, Esquizito, Mother Tongue, Michael White, Deacon John Moore, St. Augustine Church Choir
  • Sound
    Benedikt Fruttiger
  • Duration
    99 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland
    • Amsterdam Film Festival, Netherlands
    • Festival dei Popoli, Italy
    • Max Ophüls Film Festival, Germany
    • True False Film
    • Festival, USA
    • Festival de cinéma des 3 Amériques, Canada
    • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Greece
    • Docslisboa, Portugal
    • Munich Documentary Film Festival, Germany
    • Planet Doc Review, Poland
    • Nodo Docfest, Italy
    • Doxa Film Festival, Canada
    • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia
    • Tri Continental Film Festival, South Africa
    • Magnificent7 Film Festival, Serbia
    • Biografilm Festival, Italy
    • Caravan European-Arab Cinema, Egypt
    • Journées de Soleure, Switzerland
    • INPUT Conference, South Africa
    • JazzAscona Festival, Switzerland
  • Awards
    • Prize Best Documentary, Nashville Film Festival
    • Editing Prize - Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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