The Wrath of Demeter
The Wrath of Demeter (TWOD) is a puppet film based on The Homeric Hymn to Demeter. This hymn tells the familiar story of Persephone’s abduction by Hades and includes an embedded story about Demeter’s journey to the town of Eleusis.
In this film, the original hymn is contrasted with a feminist retelling in which Demeter’s triumph is recognized and Persephone has a say in how events unfold. This is accomplished by using the original Greek poem as the soundtrack and contrasted with sub and supra titles, which tell the contemporary version.
Ancient storytellers often changed the story to fit their audience. Following this model, we added a scene. You’ll know which scene that is because there is no Greek sound track for it. It’s not a mistake, there never was any such dialog in the original poem.
Seattle, Washington September 2018.