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Of Swallows

April 28th, 2022

Presented by Reframe Film Festival

Kelly Egan

Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective…Imagine a world alive with incomprehensible objects and shimmering with an endless variety of movement and innumerable gradations of color. Imagine a world before the beginning was the word.” – Stan Brakhage

A swallow’s eye is longer than other birds. Their visual acuity is said to resemble raptors. For sailors, swallows are good omens signifying a close shore. My father loved birds. Since his passing, I’ve felt afloat. Lost and unanchored. At sea in overwhelming emotions, I look for swallows, as metaphors for moulting oppressive epistemologies and (re)visioning the world. 

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