Sunday, April 17, 1994

Facing Vietnam

Films by Lynne Sachs and Tran van Thuy

San Francisco Art Institute

In Which Way is East (1994, premiere, made with Dana Sachs) San Francisco filmmaker Lynne Sachs travels north from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi with her sister, a journalist living in Vietnam. Conversations with strangers and friends–a veteran standing beside a pagoda, a woman inside a Cholon temple, a boy on a Danang street—reveal the flip side of a shared history. Sach’s half-hour personal documentary juxtaposes a restlessly seeking camera eye with reflections drawn from the journals of both women. How to Behave (1987) by controversial Vietnamese videomaker Tran van Thuy is the troubling portrait of life in a society which can no longer define the differences between hope, humanitarianism and greed.

After the show the audience is invited to an informal Buy Your Own Drink gathering with the filmmaker at a location TBA.