Synopsis by Nathan Southern
As screened at the Sundance Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art and other prestigious locales, Dana Sachs and Lynne Sachs' 33-minute 1994 documentary Which Way is East finds the sibling directors journeying through the contemporary Vietnam, in an attempt to find the heart of that country - a country so often obscured by American rhetoric about a conflict that ended decades prior. The Sachs sisters travel from modern-day Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, shooting constantly, and edited together this diary-like mélange of footage from the journey. The film thus presents a co-mingling of indigenous customs, Vietnamese history, glimpses of urban life, and local color, as well as heartfelt exchanges with locals about the contemporary political landscape in Vietnam.
childhood, culture [social culture], diary, recollection, road-trip, sister, television, Vietnam, war