Lynne Sachs: An American Original By Tom Erikson “I just tumbled into filmmaking,” Lynne Sachs admits. “It made so much sense to me. It gave me a chance to pull in poetry, looking at trees, listening to the sounds of grasshoppers, cars, and babies. The words go with reflections on politics to parables. And all […]
Lynne Sachs calls her latest film, Which Way is East?. A “work-in-process.” She uses the phrase to describe those of her experimental documentaries that evolve over time. This particular one started as a road trip and flowered into a political discourse: It’s a half-hour travel diary of her trip to Vietnam – a collection of tourism, city life, culture clash, and historic inquiry that’s put together with the warmth of a quilt.
In The House of Science: A Museum of False Facts, Lynne Sachs exposes the edifice of scientific “facts” with which the male-dominated disciplines of science and medicine have constructed an image of what a woman is. Through-out the 30-minute film, Sachs traces the unfortunate inter-face between women and science, a terrain in which men are supposed to have all the knowledge, defining and mapping out women as their territory, while women are alienated from their own bodies.
The Village Voice, vol XXXIV No. 49 December, 1989 Choices: Film by J. Hoberman 1989 Margaret Mead Film Festival The first two days of this annual event include documentaries on Japanese war brides and Native American vets, Lapps and Papuans, Vienna remembering the Anschluss, and tourists in Yosemite. Among the highlights: Arthur Dong’s Forbidden City, […]