The Washing Society (2018)

  • 2018
  • 44min
  • USA

This film is only available as part of our Lynne Sachs Focus which you can watch here.

UK Premiere

When you drop off a bag of dirty laundry, who’s doing the washing and folding? The Washing Society brings us into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there. With a title inspired by the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses, The Washing Society investigates the intersection of history, underpaid work, immigration, and the sheer math of doing laundry. Dirt, skin, lint, stains, money, and time are thematically interwoven into the very fabric of the film, through interviews and observational moments. With original music by sound artist Stephen Vitiello.

Director

Lynne Sachs

Director

Lizzie Olesker

Producer

Lynne Sachs

Language(s)

Chinese, English

Subtitle(s)

English

Bonus Content

83 mins
My Body, Your Body, Our Bodies: Somatic Cinema at Home and in the World

How do we negotiate the photographing of images that contain the body? What experiential, political or aesthetic contingencies do we bring to both the making and viewing of a cinema that contains the human form? If a body is different from our own—in terms of gender, skin colour, or age—do we frame it differently?

New York filmmaker Lynne Sachs guides us through her own evolution as a filmmaker by sharing excerpts from her films, from 1987 to the present, exploring the fraught and bewildering challenge of looking at the human form from behind the lens.