Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 5:00 pm | La Casa Grande
Where We Disappear
Directed by Simon Fink
USA | 73 min | 2019
This is a story of survival. A young mother named Anastasia waits in a Moscow train station for the return of her husband from WWII. Hoping to free herself and her son from his abuse, she tries to leave him. When he gives her no way out, she stabs him to protect her son and herself.
For her crime, Anastasia is deported to the Gulag prison camp system. Here, enemies of the state are sentenced to hard labor in Siberia. Her arrival upsets the balance of power between the other women in her bunkhouse. There’s the hot-tempered bully, the cowering “mouse,” the hardened elder, the pretty one who prostitutes herself to the guards. Each personality is wrapped in a fragile codependency to stay alive. When another prisoner escapes, tensions come to a head and Anastasia discovers the hidden truth of her survival.
A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Simon Fink is a director and editor whose work has been featured on the National Geographic Channel, TEDx, and several festivals. His junior film at USC was selected to be shown at orientation to incoming film school students. Simon began working as the assistant to director Rob Cohen, followed by jobs on independent and studio features, HBO and network television shows. At the last company he worked for, the last seven shows sold to series were ordered off of pilots and sizzles that he created. This is his feature directorial debut.