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At Present
18 minutes 16mm 1990

"What's involved in love?—power, control—is that what we're talking about?"

This film is about love - relations between men and women, conversations in the air. Men are heard in voice-over speaking a love-talk which is personal, though anonymous, or singular. Another voice-over reads parables, which present a context for the possibility of love or spirit in the world at large. The film ends optimistically: a smile slowly spreads on a man's face. Women addressing men in their own voices.

"He stored the Divine Light in a vessel, but the vessel, unable to contain the Holy Radiance, burst, and its shards, permeated with sparks of the Divine, scattered through the Universe." (Adele Wiseman)

In the Collection of: The National Gallery of Canada

At Present credits
Producer/Director/Writer: Barbara Sternberg
Length: 18 minutes
Year of Production: 1990
Music and Sound: Rainer Wiens and Barbara Sternberg
Country of Production: Canada
Exhibition format: 16mm
Preview format: vhs

Available from: Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre
telephone: 416-588-0725, e-mail:

At Present Transcript

I can see your history in the way you move: At Present by Karyn Sandlos

"Preception Through Process" by Tim Dallett (April 19, 1994)
Northern Exposures 1995 (Catalogue)
"Living the Everyday as History": article by Barbara Godard
Inside the Pleasure Dome: Fringe Film in Canada, Gutter Press ‘97
"Transitions", by Mike Hoolboom





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