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How Does Life Live?

Film & video Poetry & spoken word Storytelling Visual arts
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Art Gallery Of Algoma

Sault Ste. Marie, ON



Offered in English.


Shot on an old 16 mm Bolex camera, HOW DOES LIFE LIVE features images of O’Brien's two daughters playing on a farm with a voice-over by the youngest, re-asking things that she had asked before. O’Brien had been keeping a list of the out-of-the-blue questions, like "Why are there so many people who don’t know me?” or “Why do trees just stand there?”, alongside the type of questions a child might ask regularly, such as “When will it be my birthday?” “The questions,” O’Brien wrote in the New York Times, "reflect that time between innocence and experience as they try to figure out who they are in relation to the world around them."

How Does Life Live? is part of province-wide exhibition DO BLUE BUTTERFLIES EAT PARTS OF THE SKY?, and the Sault Ste. Marie cultural corridor.


Kelly O’Brien is a Toronto-based independent filmmaker and mother. Her short diary films have screened internationally. She co-founded a super 8 film festival in Toronto and received an MFA in film production at York University. She is currently a PhD student in Environmental Studies and working on a feature length film about her family with the National Film Board.



Ontario Culture Days

How Does Life Live? is part of the province-wide exhibition DO BLUE BUTTERFLIES EAT PARTS OF THE SKY?, curated by Dave Dyment and commissioned for the occasion of Culture Days’ 10th Anniversary. This exhibition is made possible thanks to generous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Province of Ontario.

How Does Life Live? is presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Algoma.


Ontario Culture Days

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