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Where I Am Is Here

Margaret Tait

UK, 1964
35 minutes, B&W, Opt.
Available formats: 16mm / DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

Margaret was born in 1918 on Orkney, but was sent away to school in Edinburgh when she was nine. Her impressions of the strangeness of that (to her) new urban world are echoed in Where I am is Here with its melancholic, repetitive structure, images of coal-blackened streets, and sad crocodiles of shoolgirls in rigid uniforms; a film that is none the less essentially about coming to terms with the present. – David Curtis