She rises from the Earth, radiant as the sun, her head a mass of roots, like the quintessential archetype of the Mother. Children haven’t forgotten her face, even if adults no longer remember.
“We come from hell. Not the Christian hell, or any other religion’s hell. We come from beneath the ground. She embraces that,” says filmmaker Godfrey Reggio, whose new film, Once Within a Time, recalls the long-ago myths, revealing them, and ultimately upending them to make way for something new. Not an easy task or a comfortable one, especially since this is a children’s film.