The film is primarily inspirited
by a near death experience the director had when he was 19, after a
car crash. It deal with the creation myth brought to life.
Without dialogue, the film is
shot in rough black and white. Each image is a seductive mystery. It also has no music, instead, accompanied by the
sounds of crickets, human breathing and occasionally other sound effects such as
grunting and thrashing.
The film opens in an ancient land
amid the chilling spectacle of a masked, white-robed "God"
disemboweling himself. A woman, Mother Earth, emerges from his
corpse, arouses the body, and impregnates herself with his semen.
She soon gives birth to "Son of Earth" who is initially revered by
local tribesmen, but violence and tragedy take over when they
attempt to venture to a new land. A group of faceless nomads
dismember them successively. Their burial site becomes lush with