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From Romance to Ritual

 

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From Romance to Ritual

Peggy Ahwesh 1985
USA | Format: Super 8 blown up to 16mm | color | sound | 20 minutes

From Romance to Ritual invokes and inverts the title of the 1920 book by Jessie L. Weston, as it like the book, draws connections between pagan history and ritual and mythology. In one scene, a very animated woman digs and scratches at the earth to give us a show-and-tell history of the megalithic site at Avebury. A bit tongue in cheek like playing around in the backyard (Prehistoric Sandbox 101) but not far from the truth in its reading of the erasure of matriarchal tendencies from traditional histories.—P.A.

Super 8 blown up to 16mm by BB Optics

A National Film Preservation Foundation funded project of Bard College

Screening as part of the program Peggy Ahwesh and Joe Gibbons

Venue: Howard Gilman Theater

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