THE TASK OF THE TRANSLATOR

Lynne Sachs • U.S. • 2010 • 10 min.

Lynne Sachs 
U.S. • 2010 • 10 min.

SYNOPSIS

Sachs pays homage to Walter Benjamin’s essay “The Task of the Translator” through three studies of the human body. First, she listens to the musings of a wartime doctor grappling with the task of a kind-of cosmetic surgery for corpses. Second, she witnesses a group of Classics scholars confronted with the haunting yet whimsical task of translating a newspaper article on Iraqi burial rituals into Latin. And finally, she turns to a radio news report on human remains.

AWARDS

Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen
Oberhausen Film Festival. Germany
Jury’s Choice Award
Black Maria Film Festival. U.S.

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

LUX & Club des Femmes. UK

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