The Washing Society

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm

NY Premiere, BAMcinemaFest 2018

The Film

Directed by Lizzie Olesker + Lynne Sachs / 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. Collaborating together for the first time, filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker observe the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat and the continual, intimate labor that happens there. Inspired by To ‘Joy My Freedom author Tera Hunter’s depiction of the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses in Atlanta, Sachs and Olesker’s film investigates the intersection of history, underpaid work, immigration, and the sheer math of doing laundry.

Post-Screening Q&A

Lizzie Olesker (Co-Director) is a playwright, performer, and director whose hybrid work has been developed and presented at many New York institutions including the Public Theater. She’s received support from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council and the Dramatists Guild, and teaches playwriting at the New School and New York University where she’s active in the local UAW union for adjunct faculty.

Lynne Sachs (Co-Director) discovered her love of filmmaking while living in San Francisco where she worked closely with artists Bruce Conner, Ernie Gehr, Gunvor Nelson, Barbara Hammer and Trin T. Min-ha. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts 2014. She teaches experimental and documentary film and lives in Brooklyn.

Rosanna Aran of Laundry Workers Center | LWC is a not-for-profit, member-led organization that provides community-based leadership development to improve the living and working conditions of low wage laundry, warehouse, and food service workers in New York City and New Jersey.

Zishun Ning of Chinese Staff and Workers' Association | CSWA is the first workers’ center in the U.S. bringing together workers of all trades to fight for our legal and human rights in the workplace and community.


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Please arrive 15 minutes early for guaranteed admittance. No-show tickets will be released at start time.
Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm


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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. It includes a discussion with filmmakers or specials guests, and time to engage with the makers and our community over drinks and popcorn.

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