WHICH WAY IS EAST: NOTES FROM VIETNAM

Lynne Sachs in collaboration with Dana Sachs • U.S. • 1994 • 33 min.

Lynne Sachs in collaboration with Dana Sachs
U.S. • 1994 • 33 min.

SYNOPSIS

Lynne and Dana Sachs’ travel diary of their trip to Vietnam is a collection of city life, culture clash, and historic inquiry that’s put together with the warmth of a quilt.  The film starts as a road trip and flowers into a political discourse.  It combines Vietnamese parables, history and memories of the people the sisters met, as well as their own childhood memories of the war on TV. To Americans for whom “Vietnam” ended in 1975, this film is a reminder that Vietnam is a country, not a war. 

AWARDS

Grand Jury Prize
Atlanta Film Festival U.S.
Best Documentary Film
New York Film Expo. U.S.  
Honorable Mention
Big Muddy Film Festival U.S.
Director’s Choice
Black Maria Film Festival. U.S.

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

Sundance Film Festival. U.S.
MoMA / Museum of Modern Art. U.S.
San Francisco Cinematheque. U.S.
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. U.S.
Melbourne International Film Festival. Australia
Ann Arbor Film Fest. U.S.
Denver Film Fest. U.S.
Whitney Museum of American Art. U.S.
Lynne Sachs Retrospective · Sheffield Doc/Fest. UK (2020)
Lynne Sachs Retrospective · Museum of the Moving Image. U.S. (2021)

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