Lynne Sachs’ experimental documentary work has taken her across the globe, from Memphis to Uruguay to Vietnam. Her distinctive style blends personal narrative and poetic editing with documentary practice. Her newest, a 42-minute lyrical portrait, was shot on 16mm, Super 8mm, Regular 8mm film and video in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Inspired by the writings of Julio Cortázar, it focuses on four adolescent girls fascinated with the trains that pass through the city. This personal narrative is blended with footage of the 2008 farm workers strike resulting from the global food crisis, to form a synthesis of the personal and the political.
One girl describes a dream she had when she was eight, dreaming of being thirteen and being kidnapped; the dream suggests the anxiety of growing older and the ways the specter of The Disappeared continues to haunt the country.
Lynne Sachs’ newest experimental documentary film, Wind in Our Hair (Con viento en el pelo), will screen for free in the Lecture Room from August 3rd-September 5th, only a month after her brother’s. (Ira Sachs’ Last Address screened through June 30th).
On August 26th, Lynne Sachs will be here at the Walker to introduce the 7pm screening with a discussion to follow.