"This 2004 documentary film by underground filmmaker Jamil Said, who released a critically praised, John Waters-esque short film comedy called Byromania in 2002, is both an aesthetically pleasing work of cinema and a very informative study of Dodecatheon, “Religion of the Twelve Gods,” a Pagan-revival religious movement in modern-day Greece."
-Michael Strmiska - Central Connecticut State University
""I Still Worship Zeus" is a fascinating and cogent exploration of the persistance of faith over the centuries. Greetings to Dyonisos, Indeed!"
-Phil Hall, Film Threat, 12/09/2004
"What the documentary clearly shows, whether it intended to or not, is how even a great religion like Greek Christianity does not practice the tolerance it preaches and how religious strife is still as ugly as ever; though in this case the Zeus worshippers express no negativity to their prosecutors: they only wish to worship the way they choose to. Now, that doesn’t sound too outlandish! But evidently it is for those who are entrenched in power and are afraid of those who are free thinkers, reminding those with good memories of the trial Socrates faced for freely expressing himself."
-Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews", 1/16/2005
"In Jamil Said's documentary I Still Worship Zeus, which focuses on the small minority of comtemporary Greeks who revere the pantheon of ancien Homeric gods, interviewees present their rationales for turning away from Greek Orthodox Christianity (which remains overwhelmingly dominant) to embrace a faith that invites public ridicule and, to some degree, governmental repression... when the film notes the vitriolic attitudes that some churchmen have adopted against the movement, or looks at the government's refusal to extend rights guranteed under European protocols, I Still Worship Zeus touches on issues of tolerence that are of universal importance. A strong optional purchase. Aud: C, P."
-F. Swietek for Video Librarian, January-February 2006
SummaryThousands of years ago, the Ancient Greeks honored and worshipped the twelve gods of Greece. Today, ninety-eight percent of the population in Greece is Christian Orthodox. However, some natives of Greece--ranging from successful doctors and lawyers to university professors and artists--believe that the ancient Greek religion never died. Many of these believers continue the traditions of their great-great grandfathers and beyond who worshipped the twelve gods. And many try to emulate the values of the gods and, during some rituals, even dress like them. There are several organizations of these people in Greece, and their membership is estimated to be in the thousands (including some in the countryside who are supposedly too afraid to admit their beliefs). All of them are united in their plea to the Greek government to recognize their faith as an official religion. For 10 years, however, these requests have been ignored, in violation of European Union human rights laws.
This documentary focuses on individual case studies of believers, as well as the private rituals and large ceremonies they perform--such as the yearly honoring of Zeus at Mount Olympus, which attracts followers from all over the world. Also featured is a multi-step Apollo oracle performed in Delphi at the temples of Athena and Apollo. The film acknowledges the skeptics, including an ancient Greek scholar, a political scientist, a psychologist, priests, journalists, and the general public. These skeptics examine, re-evaluate and challenge the validity, philosophy and politics of the twelve gods believers. The film provides insight into the devout citizens who adore ancient Greek history and seek to express their religious beliefs in whatever way they see fit, even the right to build temples to Zeus.