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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
7:00 p.m. Your Day Is My Night
Lynne Sachs (U.S., 2013)

In person/Lynne Sachs
Introduction/Jeanne C. Finley

Jeanne C. Finley is an artist/filmmaker and professor of film and graduate fine arts at California College of the Arts

During the nineteenth century, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the working class often lived in crowded tenements and, out of economic necessity, some shared beds, sleeping in shifts. Today, in Chinatown, shift-bed apartments still exist, tiny rooms filled with mattresses on bunk beds and the floor. In Sachs’s hybrid documentary, the bed is the focus of both personal and political stories of seven Chinese immigrants. Autobiographical monologues—scripted from interviews—are intermixed with verité conversations and reflections on the details of daily life, awakening a unique understanding of Chinese immigration.

• (64 mins, In Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Spanish, with English subtitles, Color, Digital video, From the artist)

Lynne Sachs will present a lecture as part of the Berkeley Film and Media Seminar on Thursday, November 21; go to fm.berkeley.edu for more information.