Jewish Week Review of “The Last Happy Day”

It would be tempting but altogether too glib to make a similar comparison between recent American documentaries and Lynne Sachs’ fascinating 38-minute film “The Last Happy Day.” Sachs takes a very unconventional approach to the Holocaust-related story of her distant cousin, a Jewish-Hungarian doctor named Sandor Lenard. Lenard fled Germany shortly before the war broke out, abandoning his medical practice and his non-Jewish first wife and son. He turned up in the unlikely haven of Fascist Italy, where he hid escaped POWs in his attic apartment in Rome. Eventually, he worked as a forensic anthropologist helping the American army’s Graves Registry unit in identifying the remains of GIs.


Co-directed by Lynne Sachs and Susan Agliata with the support of the New York Public Library Abecedarium:NYC is an interactive online exhibition that reflects on the history, geography, and culture – both above and below ground – of New York City through 26 unusual words. Using original video, animation, photography and sound, Abecedarium:NYC constructs visual […]

Investigation of a Flame Reviews

“A complex rumination on the power of protest…..the trauma of the past, the continued mistakes of the present and the necessity to reflect actively on our government’s wartime antics.” The LA Weekly “A film to rave about, as well as reckon with.” The Independent Film and Video Monthly “Sachs’ elegant, elliptical documentary visits with surviving […]

Interview w/Lynne Sachs on Making “Wind in Our Hair” in Buenos Aires

Cold August winter in Buenos Aires. Lynne Sachs and a reduced crew are ready to begin the last shooting day of her first fictional opus. She chooses a small grove next to the Mitre’s train tracks in Palermo’s Park.

NOTE: This film’s title is now WIND IN OUR HAIR/ CON VIENTO EN EL PELO

“I Am Not A War Photographer” Reviews

Flavorpill Network Issue #346 Flavorpill is a weekly email magazine covering a hand-picked selection of cultural events. I Am Not a War Photographer: Films of Lynne Sachs REVIEW I AM NOT A WAR PHOTOGRAPHER Fri 1.26 – Sun 1.28 (7:30pm) where: Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave, 212.505.5181) A reverie of war-torn terrains floats […]

“Living with War” Review of I Am Not a War Photographer screening & talk

I’ve never been much of a documentary watcher. When I go to see films, I prefer a personal narrative amidst the social commentary. I feel that quite often, documentaries lose site of the individual in their search for overarching truth. However, I was fortunate enough to have my earlier prejudice corrected after I saw a unique view into humanity by Lynne Sachs at her presentation, “I am Not a War Photographer.”

States of UnBelonging at New York Underground Film Festival

The two-and-a-half year correspondence between two friends, one based in New York and the other in Israel, makes up the bulk of Lynne Sachs’ (Investigation of a Flame, NYUFF 2002) personal documentary States of UnBelonging. Exchanging letters, emails and phone calls, Sachs and her Israeli friend Nir Zats work together to uncover and record the story of Revital Ohayon, an Israeli filmmaker and mother senselessly killed in a terrorist attack in the West Bank. With nothing much to go on but a newspaper clipping and a name, Sachs and her friend reveal the story of Ohayon’s life through footage from her own films, television news reports, and finally the amazing discovery of a home video of Ohayon’s children in preschool, just before she was killed.