How We Live - Messages To The Family

  • 8.5 10
  • 2017
  • 106min
How We Live - Messages To The Family
  • Original Title: Messages from Our Troops to the Families They Can Barely Remember (2007)

Using film footage from different periods, this essay on family memory and documentation compiles films sent as postcards to distant relatives. A jewel of the archival documentary.

How We Live - Messages To The Family

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Mar del Plata IFF/ Milano Filmmakers Festival/ Montréal - Festival du Nouveau Cinéma/ IndieCork Film Festival/ Diagonale/ Jeonju International Film Festival/ Jihlava IDFF/ Indielisboa/ Ann Arbor Film Festival/ Thessaloniki IDFF

How we live - Messages To The Family

This film is a study in the most private ephemera of film practice in a form of letter writing. 

The family recordings that structure the film are like moving postcards, telling of various lives and lifepaths during the 20th century. 

In this way, the film not only produces a community, but also establishes a timeless togetherness, allowing generations of filmmakers to speak to one another and, via the medium of the movie screen, to us.

Gustav Deutsch
Gustav Deutsch Director

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