Which Way is East: Notebooks From Vietnam (1994)

Genres - History, Culture & Society, Travel  |   Sub-Genres - Armchair Travel, Anthropology, Biography, Social History, Sociology  |   Run Time - 33 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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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.

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childhood, culture [social culture], diary, recollection, road-trip, sister, television, Vietnam, war