Panorama Specials Daniel Cockburn #2: You Are Here – Q&A

This is the report of the Q&A with Daniel Cockburn at Impakt Festival 2011, at his second screening of his feature film “You Are Here”. The Q&A is conducted by Arjon Dunnewind, festival director.

Daniel Cockburn, Canada, 2010, video, 79:00 min.

Feature film

You Are Here is a Borgesian fantasy composed of multiple worlds, circling and weaving around each other in always unexpected ways. At the centre of this narrative labyrinth is a reclusive woman (Tracy Wright) who searches for meaning in the mysterious documents that keep appearing to her. Her investigation begins when she finds a tape recording of a man giving a bizarre lecture: calming and sinister at the same time, he instructshow to “get where you need to go”. Is this a random find, or a message to her? Another strange document presents itself, and another… Swiftly her home becomes an archive brimming with enigmatic texts, images and sounds. She forms deep connections with the people contained in these documents — the Lecturer, a Prisoner, an Inventor — each of them, like her, struggling with the unknowable laws of their own worlds. But the organized becomes the organizer when her meticulous system turns on her; the archive is a trickster threatening to pull her mind apart. As realities collapse and intersect around her, she must make a final choice: is she a free agent, or just a tool of the archive? More information at: www.you-are-here-movie.com