1917 April 29th. b. Eleanora Derenkowskaia in Kiel, Ukraine

    American - Film Maker - Writer - Female

  1922 Family fled to New York.

  1935 Syracuse University.
    Member of Young Trotskyist League, 
    where she meets and marries Gregory Bardacke.

  1939 Divorced.

  1941 Freelance photographer. 
    Worked for and influenced by Katherine Dunham ->? who 
    started her interest in Voodoo.

  1942 Meets and marries Alexander Hammid ->  
    She adopted the first name “Maya” meaning “illusion”. 

  1943 Meshes of the Afternoon ->. Her first film.
   See wiki ->.

  1944 At Land ->. See wiki ->.
    In New York City, her social circle included Marcel Duchamp, 
    Andre Breton,    John Cage ->, and Anais Nin. 
    Filmed The Witch's Cradle in Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century 
    gallery with Marcel Duchamp featuring in the film, and possibly assisting 
    her in the direction.

  1947 Diviorces Hammid. 
    Wins the Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix Internationale.
    Awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship to begin research on the Voudoun 
    (voodoo) ritual in Haitian culture.
    Goes to Haiti for eight months.

  1948 Meditation on Violence .

  1953 Published the definitive study of the Voudoun ritual: 
    Divine Horsemen: the Living Gods of Haiti.
    Presented a paper Poetry and the Film at a Cinema 16 Symposium.

  1955 travels to Haiti with Teiji Ito ~>

  1960 m. Teiji Ito.

  1961 Oct. 13th. d. from a braim hemorrhage bought on by extreme 
    Her ashes were scattered in Japan at Mount Fuji.

  1977?  Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti ->. 

    See wiki ->
    See Metafilter -> and Sensesof Cinema ~> 
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