USA | 50 MINUTES | English |
In this engaging experimental road movie that celebrates being single, director Aimee Jennings-who previously made Fragments of Existence, a chronicle of six ethnically different women at various stages of life-turns the camera on herself for her own journey through Australia. Driven forward by a succession of still photographs and pixilated moving images, the film features commentary by the protagonist, augmented by site-specific sound in the background from animals, human voices and modes of transport. Her voiceover narration hints at a past of mixed racial identity, parental divorce and failed romantic relationships, all of which contrast with her present journey into a vibrant new world of color and visual textures. Jennings' film functions simultaneously as a travelogue, visual blog and reality show, in which the filmmaker is at once contestant, jury and her own executioner. Inspired by Chris Marker's Sans Soleil and La Jetée, films that are meditations on human existence, time and memory, Aimee Jennings makes her own journey into a transformative portrait of self-discovery. Over the course of So, Jennings frankly addresses her fears: loneliness and solitude; living a mediocre life; remaining single; and of never finding happiness. By the end, after Jennings experiences the exhilaration of sky diving, underwa- ter exploration and bungee jumping-physical metaphors for her overcoming those fears-she fully embraces her life's expe- riences, accepting them at last as the accumulation of fragments of memory. Screened in the Portraits of Women Program.