Which Way Is East: Notebooks from Vietnam (1994)

November 1, 2007

Which Way Is East: Notebooks from Vietnam (1994)

Director: Dana Sachs, Lynne Sachs
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Studio: Microcinema
Genre: Documentary, Foreign, Southeast Asia, Travel
Running Time: 33 min.
Languages: English, Vietnamese
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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. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide

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