screen captures from the film


In Kermani's film JOCASTA, Jocasta stays alive after her sons' mutual murders to perform a sacrifice to save Thebes, and to satiate Ares' ancient fury of Kadmos' slaying of the dragon. Jocasta chooses the creative act of writing over suicide. Her ritual act remembers that Body is Presence (Plato's 'ousia' and Heidegger's 'Ereignis') and Jocasta reminds us that she (also known as Iocasta) is related to Io, the Great Cow goddess of Egypt. The origins of writing are sacred manifestations of ousia/hestia...esti/Being. She reverses the taboo of incest, and reestablishes the symbollic image of mother and son. Jocasta's sacrifice was inspired by an ancient Persian ritual of ingesting the Word to cure illness.

The film was shot in three days at the historic Shaker Great Stone Barn in New Lebanon, New York, the summer of 2006, a year before restorations began. For more details about JOCASTA see our archive page or contact MiShinnah Productions at: info-at-mishinnah-dot-org

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