Sebastian’s Voodoo: A Question of Protecting Friends

Sebastian’s Voodoo: A Question of Protecting Friends

Sebastian’s Voodoo by Joaquin Baldwin is a darkly beautiful, visually stunning short animation film that’s set to a haunting musical score. The film is an exciting, tension-filled four-minute production, which leads into several cringe-worthy moments throughout the story.

The film opens in a gloomy and mysterious cellar, with a voodoo doll suspended from a hook struggling to escape. Just then, a voodoo priest enters the room and grasps the doll, jabbing it with pins, perhaps to inflict pain upon others, but quite possibly just for the sole purpose of wreaking pain upon the doll. Growing tired of the repeated poking, the priest finally coldly drives a needle through the heart of the doll, killing it.

After watching this, two of the other voodoo dolls quickly plan their escapes. The first one manages to break free of its hook and to find refuge hiding in the room, but merely seconds before the priest could find him. However, the second doll isn’t as lucky. The voodoo priest begins sticking needles into doll number two, tauntingly preparing it for its ultimate doom. However, the doll in hiding realizes that by inflicting pin wounds upon itself, it has the power to harm the priest.

Stabbing itself through the hand, it brings pain to the priest’s hand; stabbing itself through the leg, it brings the priest to the ground. But these only serve to create momentary setbacks to the priest’s repeated attacks, and the doll soon realizes that the only way to save its friend, as well as the many other captive dolls, is to make the ultimate self-sacrifice.

The course of this beautiful animated film is set within the tradition of some voodoo spiritual religions that believe sticking pins in voodoo dolls is a method of cursing an individual, which was in turn originally used as a means of self-defense to intimidate people who were seen as stronger, dangerous and oppressive.

But as a more universal tale, Sebastian’s Voodoo serves as a powerful metaphor about obligations that are embedded in our kindred relationships. At this level, the film’s story represents a challenge for us to find in our own natures the capacity to protect others from imminent dangers, as well as the ultimate question of how far we would actually go to save our friends.

Sebastian’s Voodoo: A Question of Protecting Friends

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