The Washing Society (2018)


Documentary Short, 2018, HD Video, 45 mins

Director: Lynne Sachs & Lizzie Olesker // Colorist: Jason Crump

The Washing Society looks at the charged, intimate space of the neighborhood laundry and the people who work there. Set at the crossroads of a Brooklyn neighborhood, we meet four characters in a laundromat — a uniquely social and public space that is slowly disappearing from our changing urban landscape. Based on interviews with New York City laundry workers, this hybrid project combines narrative and documentary elements as it explores personal stories of immigration, identity, money, stains, and dirt.

Screenings: BAMCinemafest, UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, Punta de Vista International Festival of Documentary, Black Maria Film: Festival Juror’s Stellar Award, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, El Festival Internacional de Cine Documental Ecuador, European Media Arts Festival, the National Gallery of Art