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Dotted Lines: Women Filmmakers Connect the Past and the Present

April 6, 2010 - April 21, 2010

Reconstruction, April 6

In this small series, we bring together works by three women filmmakers exploring personal and global histories through the film essay form. They variously integrate interviews, archival material, performance, and incidents from daily life into films with striking visual approaches, taking us to Hungary, Romania, the reunified Germany, and Vietnam. Two assemble fragments of information regarding relatives, creating portraits of a bank-robbing grandmother and a cousin who translated Winnie the Pooh into Latin. We are delighted that all three filmmakers will be in person to discuss their work and their approach to nonfiction filmmaking.

Kathy Geritz
Film Curator

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
7:30 p.m. Reconstruction
Irene Lusztig (U.S., 2001). Irene Lusztig in person. Searching for information about her grandmother, a participant in a notorious bank heist in communist Romania in 1959, Lusztig sifts through the facts and fictions of Romania’s totalitarian past. (90 mins)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
7:30 p.m. States of Belonging: Films by Lynne Sachs
(U.S., 1994–2009). Lynne Sachs in person. In The Last Happy Day, Sachs profiles a cousin who fled the Nazis and translated Winnie the Pooh into Latin; Which Way Is East, made with her sister Dana, observes life in postwar Vietnam. With short Tornado. (74 mins)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
7:30 p.m. DDR/DDR
Amie Siegel (U.S., 2008). Amie Siegel in person. Disparate interviews and incidents gradually cohere into an essay on issues of history, state control, personal identity, and memory in the former East Germany. (135 mins)

Presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course Documentary Film, taught by Jeffrey Skoller.