Which Way is The East: Notebooks From Vietnam (1994)

  • 1994
  • 33min
  • USA

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

UK Premiere

“A frog that sits at the bottom of a well thinks that the whole sky is only as big as the lid of a pot.” Two American sisters travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, followed by their own ghosts and those of local memories. On their way, they meet a country and its richness - strangers, translations, parables and stories, in a complex landscape. History is put into perspective as each conversation becomes a true encounter: uncountable possible words to translate what we see and what we hear. The Vietnam they knew from TV is only a tiny part of this world to which they now decide to pay attention.

Director

Lynne Sachs

Director

Lynne Sachs

Language(s)

Vietnamese, 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.