WHICH WAY IS EAST: NOTEBOOKS 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.
In 1994, two American sisters – a filmmaker and a writer — travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Together, they attempt to make a candid cinema portrait of the country they witness. Their conversations with Vietnamese strangers and friends reveal to them the flip side of a shared history. Lynne and Dana Sachs’ travel diary revels in the sounds, proverbs, and images of Vietnamese daily life. Both a culture clash and an historic inquiry, their film comes together with the warmth of a quilt, weaving together stories of people the sisters met with their own childhood memories of the war on TV.
Grand Jury Prize
Atlanta Film Festival U.S.
Best Documentary Film
New York Film Expo. U.S.
Big Muddy Film Festival U.S.
Black Maria Film Festival. U.S.
FESTIVALS & ALTERNATIVE 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)
Cámara Lúcida Festival Int’l de Cine Contemporáneo | Mirada Epicentro: Lynne Sachs. Ecuador (2021)
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen | Profile programme: Lynne Sachs • Curated by Cíntia Gil. Germany (2023)