Persephone, the innocent maiden goddess of vegetation, frolics with her mother Demeter and other goddesses in the sunlit fields among the fragrant hyacinths and crocus blossoms. She knows only the scents and sights of pure joy and freedom. Hades becomes enchanted by Persephone and whisks her away to the Underworld where she is enticed to eat pomegranate seeds from his world. Upon consuming the seeds, she becomes bound to the Underworld unable to return to the surface or her mother. Following Persephone’s disappearance, Demeter, Goddess of Grain and Growth, casts off her worldly duties in her sadness. The world is frozen and spring cannot come.
The goddess Hecate joins Demeter to search the world for Persephone, sending her torches far and wide. Meanwhile, Hades seduces Persephone and they are wed. Persephone flourishes as the Queen of the Underworld but misses her mother terribly. A deal is struck amongst the gods that restores balance: Persephone is free to visit her mother for half of the year and during these visits nature springs back to life with bountiful blooms and rich harvests. The other half of the year Persephone reigns as Queen of the Underworld, leaving the world without bloom and wintry in her absence but always with the promise of her return.
Sisters of Salome: Persephone
Cinematographers: Robert Jackson & John-Marc Hamilton
Producer: Sarah Skinner
Editor: Robert Jackson
Sound & Mastering: John-Marc Hamilton