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He was looking at the icy water, raging alongside the ship, thinking how terrible it would be to be left behind in this world of ice, alone without help, to watch the ship disappearing into darkness. “My God,” the Commander thought, peering into the black chaos. “Where am I? Who am I?”

Dialogue from the commander’s diary in the documentary film „Повинность / Confession“ by Aleksandr Sokurov (1998). Five new meditations based on source material used in the earlier filecasts a beacon and light on water.

  1. first light 5 minutes
  2. a shore veiled in mist 15 minutes
  3. night watch 17 minutes
  4. over and out 16 minutes
  5. under a midnight sun 5 minutes