Your Day Is My Night
SCR Rojo Robles, Lynne Sachs
CAM Sean Hanley, Ethan Mass
ED Sean Hanley, Bryan Chang
MUS Stephen Vitiello
PROD CO Lynne Sachs
Innovative in form and revealing in content, Lynne Sachs’ tenderly poetic "hybrid documentary" uses scripted monologues, improvised scenes and vérité footage to paint a vivid portrait of contemporary immigrant life in "shift-bed" rooming houses in New York’s Chinatown (where a single bed is home to both a daytime worker and their graveyard shift counterpart). Sachs’ film not only explores an alluring urban milieu, it also delves into the less defined spaces that divide traditional documentary and scripted films.
“Your Day is My Night is a fascinating and innovative portrait of Chinese immigrant life in New York. Sachs made the film through a lengthy series of workshops with Chinatown residents who became the film’s authors and performers. Most of the actors are retired people who have had some experience performing in amateur dance and theater productions, so they are comfortable as performers, without being overly polished… A good part of the film is given over to montage sequences depicting the texture of Chinatown life. These beautifully shot and edited sequences combine exteriors which focus on arresting details of the street…"—David Finkelstein, Film Threat
"A strikingly handsome, meditative work…”—Stuart Klawans, The Nation
Preceded By: Jerusalem ER
DIR Hilla Medalia / Israel, 2012, 17 min.
A revealing day in the ER ward of Hadassah Medical Center, located in the ethnically charged buffer zone of Mount Scopus, as seen through the eyes of two female doctors, one a Jewish immigrant from Chile, and the other a Palestinian Israeli from the north of Israel.