The Washing Society

Cinema Parrallels 2021 Edition

Friday, 20.30h

Lizzie Olesker i Lynne Sachs / Sjedinjene Američke Države (2018) / 44 min.

When you drop off a bag of dirty laundry, who's doing the washing and folding? THE WASHING SOCIETY brings us into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there by observing these disappearing neighborhood spaces and the continual, intimate labor that happens there. The juxtaposition of narrative and documentary elements in THE WASHING SOCIETY creates a dream-like, yet hyper-real portrayal of a day in the life of a laundry worker, both past and present.


Lynne Sachs (born 1961) is an American experimental filmmaker and poet living in Brooklyn, New York. Her moving image work ranges from documentaries, to essay films, to experimental shorts, to hybrid live performances. Working from a feminist perspective, Lynne weaves together social criticism with personal subjectivity. Her films embrace a radical use of archives, performance and intricate sound work.

Lizzie Olesker is known for her work on The Ice Storm (1997), No Picnic (1986) and Every Fold Matters (2015).

Awards and festivals:

Indie Memphis Film Festival 2018

  • Director

    Lynne Sachs, Lizzie Olesker

  • Cinematographer

    Sean Hanley

  • Editor

    Jason Crump

  • Sound

    Matt Rocker