I Cannot Tell You How I Feel

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 12:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 11:30am | Screening 12pm

The Film

Directed by Su Friedrich / 2018 / 42 min

Su Friedrich takes up the camera in a new chapter of her quest to film the battleground of family life. Her mother Lore—who played the lead in The Ties That Bind (1984), a film about her experiences growing up in Germany during the Second World War—plays the lead again, this time kicking and protesting against being moved at the age of 94 from her home in Chicago.

Su and her two siblings fill out the supporting roles, cajoling, comforting, and freaking out, but they cannot deny that their mother is no longer able to care for herself. Lore has severe memory loss and is convinced that her doorman has been robbing her. She often asks Su the same question repeatedly and cannot remember what she ate for breakfast. In an effort for Su and her siblings to be closer to her, they move her from her home of 50 years to an “independent living” facility in Long Island, New York.

I Cannot Tell You How I Feel is a heartfelt examination of growing old in today’s society, and the responsibility of adult children to their parents.

Special Guest

We are thrilled that Director Su Friedrich will join us in-person for a discussion after the film. Su Friedrich has directed twenty-three films and videos since 1978, which have been featured in eighteen retrospectives at major museums and film festivals, including one at the Museum of Modern Art in 2007. The films have been widely screened at film festivals, universities and art centers, have been extensively written about, and have won numerous awards, including Grand Prix for Sink or Swim at the Melbourne International Film Festival. She teaches video production at Princeton University.


Tickets are only $5 general admission. Free popcorn included! Doors 11:30am | Screening 12pm.

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This event is part of the Spring 2019 season of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film.

This event screens as a Third Thursday Matinee for Seniors, dedicated to those 62+ (but open to all), featuring a documentary film with closed captioning and an invigorating conversation to follow, allowing you to further engage with the film and one another! Hosted at noon on the third Thursday of every month during a DCTV Presents season.

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