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Pleasure Dome is pleased to present the Canadian premiere of Erin Cosgrove’s What Manner of Person Art Thou? (video, 2008, 65 min.) This animated video relates the twisted tale of Elijah Yoder and Enoch Troyer; two anachronistic believers who dispense violent justice on those they deem to be evildoers. Yoder and Troyer, the only survivors of two small Amish-like colonies in the Northwestern U.S., after a series of catastrophes and epidemics. The two set off on a journey to find any remaining relatives and begin dispensing violent justice on the evildoers of contemporary society; each encounter represents one of the seven deadly sins. Within this black comedy structure, Yoder and Troyer are allegorical figures that represent the corruptibility of faith. The striking visuals are inspired by the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry. The video is a darkly funny tale of the corruption of modern life and the hazards of morality.