‘Imagine we are sitting at home, the screen is set up, the projector ready, and we start watching home movies together,’ suggests the calm voice of the filmmaker Gustav Deutsch at the beginning of how we live. The film assumes this same calm as it undertakes its journey via amateur film recordings gathered from archives in Austria, Italy, Holland and England, ‘traveling’ from Boston to Italy, from the USA to Austria's Burgenland, from Maryland to Greece, between Vienna, Sydney and Switzerland. The film employs a broad media-archaeology: home movies, video, mobile phone images, and skype. The family recordings that structure the film are like moving postcards, telling of various lives and paths in the 20th century. how we live also illustrates how the medium of film can be a tool of everyday life that functions at bridging the distances representation.
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