The end titles offer what the viewer has likely been wondering about throughout the film, i.e., a family tree that also serves as a map for the 74’ of home movies and 54 years of family life. When this autobiographical documentary is nearing the end, the director ponders, “This is not a portrait. This is not a self-portrait. This is my reckoning with the conundrum of our asymmetry, a story both protracted and compressed, a story I share with my sisters and brothers, all nine of us, my father's story, or at least part of it.” And then she pays tribute to Yvonne Rainer’s Film About a Woman Who... (1974). “Over a thirty-year period, each and every time that my father and I were together, I filmed. As a result, I have hours and hours of material on 8mm and 16mm film, video and digital. The technology has changed, the subject has not. My camera witnessed. My microphone recorded. The film captures my naïveté transformed into awareness, my rage transformed into forgiveness”.
Lynne Sachs (Memphis, USA 1961) is a filmmaker and poet living in Brooklyn, New York. Strongly committed to a feminist dialogue, Lynne has made 37 films between short experimental films, essay films, features, and live performances which have screened, won awards or been included in retrospectives at New York Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art, Sundance, Oberhausen, Viennale, Sheffield Doc/Fest, BAFICI, RIDM Montréal, Vancouver Film Festival, Doclisboa, Havana IFF, and China Women’s Film Festival.
SCREENWRITER: Lynne Sachs
PRODUCER: Lynne Sachs
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Lynne Sachs
SOUND DESIGN: Kevin T. Allen
EDITING: Rebecca Shapass
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK: Stephen Vitiello
COLOR GRADING: Jason Crump Metropolis Post
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