GO IN THE WILDERNESS
61 minutes | 2:35 HD Colour | English | Fantasy
-Manon Dumais, Voir
"Audacious, surprising... loaded with mythic girl power"
-Michael-Oliver Harding, Nightlife
The tale of history's first rebels.
GO IN THE WILDERNESS tells the story of Lilith, Adam’s rebellious first mate, and her guardian, as they forge an uneasy alliance on their journey back to Eden. Once in the Garden, they meet Adam and his new mate Eve, and realise that all is not as it seems in Paradise...
Shot against the striking backdrop of Quebec’s remote North Shore, GO IN THE WILDERNESS presents a bold new version of the myth of creation.
“…Kephart once again shows how unique she is among contemporary young Quebec filmmakers with her telling of the original act of female emancipation. Her visually extravagant take on the Lilith story provokes and destabilizes through its narrative choices, its understated style, and the constant edge of absurdist humour it brings to the ancient story. The story of the world’s first rebel told in the manner of a Bergman-esque road movie.”
-Julien Fonfrède, programmer Festival du nouveau cinéma
Who is Lilith?
The origins of Lilith are, like most myths, cloudy and multifaceted. She was originally believed to be a Sumerian divinity credited with being the first Goddess of agriculture. When Goddess worship declined and female deities were forced to wed Gods, Lilith was married to Adam, to explain away the two versions of Creation in Genesis (There really are two versions!).
However, this marriage was of short duration; Lilith refused to lie below Adam and was banished to the shores of the Red Sea. Soon after she was turned into a defiant seductress and child-killer whom the ancient Hebrews had to ward off with talismans. The wild and free aspect of feminine sexuality symbolised by Lilith had become distorted into the lascivious, unmarried she-demon. My intent with this project is to explore this little known myth and to offer a new interpretation of one of the first truly defiant women.