On Becoming.

“What I do in my films is very … I think they’re the films of a woman. And I think that their characteristic time quality is the time quality of a woman. I think that the strength of men is their great sense of immediacy. They are a now creature. And a woman has strength to wait. Because she’s had to wait. She has to wait nine months for the concept of a child. Time is built into her body, in the sense of becomingness. And she sees everything in terms of it being in the stage of becoming. She raises a child knowing not what it is at any moment, but seeing always the person it will become. Her whole life, from her very beginning, it’s built into her, is the sense of becoming.

Now in any time form, this is a very important sense. I think my films, putting as much stress as they do upon the constant metamorphosis, one image is always becoming another — that is, it is what is happening that is important in my films…”

– Maya Deren

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