Ghosts & Apparitions presents a group of films by Lynne Sachs, focusing on the notions of translation as a practice of encountering others and reshaping filmic language. If translation can be a way of considering the task of filmmaking, on Sachs’ works presented here it becomes a poetic and political tool for widening the world and touching its complexity, rendering it intimate and available for thought.
From the tensions between the filmmaker’s memories of Vietnam as the tragic place of war and the experience of its landscape and people, to the portrait of a man who both translated “Winnie the Pooh” into Latin and reconstructed the remains of American soldiers; from the portraits of places in New York inhabited by immigrant workers and shaped by their lives and stories, to the translation of Barbara Hammer’s images and sounds on a deserted landscape into a poem for the deceased friend.
Theatre, performance, music, and an extremely sensitive and tender camera composes a body of work that becomes more relevant with each passing day. Together with the focus, we present Sach’s video lecture My Body, Your Body, Our Bodies: Somatic Cinema at Home and in the World, where you’ll find a fascinating journey through her themes and work.
Lynne Sachs’ latest film, Film About A Father Who, will be presented in our programme in Sheffield in the autumn, going online after that.
These films are part of our Lynne Sachs Focus programme, available here until 31 August.