The film is silent except for four short segments of sync sound, interviews with a man and a woman, which touch on two areas: control and anger, and the pressure of history on one's identity - how do I identify myself as "I", how as part of a "We"? The film is visual, perceptual; it was made in awe of the world that goes on with and without us and of our personal, human struggles. It is a film about life and death; a film of discrete units of the eternal and a film of living here and now. It was built up frame-by-frame. A film about power, played in insignificant terms, in the daily, barely notice gestures, scenes, frames.
"Ida is her name. She was thinking about it, she was thinking about life. She knew it was just like that through and through." - Gertrude Stein
"The creeks are an active mystery, fresh faced every minute. Theirs is the mystery of the continuous creation...the uncertainty of vision, the horror of the fixed, the dissolution of the present, the intricacy of beauty...the mountains are a passive mystery, the oldest of all. Theirs is the simple mystery of creation from nothing, of matter itself, anything at all, the given...
...After the one extravagant gesture of creation in the first place, the universe has continued to deal exclusively in extravagances flinging intricacies and colossi down eons of emptiness, heaping profusions and profligacies with ever-fresh vigour. The whole show has been on fire from the word go. I come down to the water to cool my eyes. But everywhere I look I see fire. That which isn't flint is tinder, and the whole world sparks and flames." - Annie Dillard, "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek"