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"HYSTERIA" forces its characters (and in
to weigh in on emotional issues that haunted America after 9/11:
damage created by religious dogma, the terror in dealing with inner
fears, and the inability to justify a societal mind frame built on a
foundation of selfish behavior. Hysteria a profound and frequently
disturbing work of intelligence." - Phil Hall, filmthreat.com (five stars)
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VALERIE BURNS as "Virgin Mary Datura" and JAKOB BOKULICH as "Ikar"
During the Serb-Croatian war, Ikar, a young soldier and devout Catholic
(JAKOB BOKULICH) unwittingly drinks tea made from hallucinogenic datura
triggering what he believes is a visitation from the Holy Virgin Mary who
gives him a special mission to fulfill. To realize his destiny, Ikar migrates
westward to Oakland California to his incendiary apotheosis until his new
neighbors, two Persian sisters (ANASTASIA VEGA and ATOSA BABAOFF)
take an interest in the mysterious man next door.
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The Persian Sisters (left) ATOSA BABAOFF and ANASTASIA VEGA (right)
Though HYSTERIA was made 16 years ago, I believe the political mayhem of
in the USA today is a direct result of what happened September 11th, 2001.
This film was made in the shockwaves following 9/11 as an attempt to find
another way of seeing the catastrophe beyond the mainstream media of
disinformation, racial profiling and the fear-mongering politics of panic.
- Antero Alli, director
Music by Mark Growden, Lumin, Sylvi Alli.
Screenplay by Jakob Bokulich and Antero Alli.
Shot, directed, and edited by Antero Alli.
Produced by Vertical Pool Productions.
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JAKOB BOKULICH, ANASTASIA VEGA, ATOSA BABAOFF
"Much of the force in Hysteria comes from the performance of Jakob Bokulich,
a sturdy, handsome actor who adeptly underplays the religious mania that
fuels Ikar's life laying the stage for an underlying menace which becomes
all the more terrifying as the plot unfolds. As the sisters, Anastasia Vega
and Atosa Babaoff are wonderfully paired and offer fully dimensional
performances of wit and pathos." - Phil Hall, filmthreat.com (five stars)
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