The Washing Society
  • Year2018
  • Duration44 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. With a title inspired by the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses, The Washing Society investigates the intersection of history, underpaid work, immigration, and the sheer math of doing laundry. Dirt, skin, lint, stains, money, and time are thematically interwoven into the very fabric of the film, through interviews and observational moments. With original music by sound artist Stephen Vitiello.


Click Here to watch Lynne Sachs discuss her own evolution as a filmmaker by sharing excerpts from her films, from 1987 to the present, exploring the fraught and bewildering challenge of looking at the human form from behind the lens. (UK audiences only)

  • Director(s): Lynne Sachs, Lizzie Olesker
  • Producer(s): Lynne Sachs
  • Country: USA
  • Language: Chinese, English
  • Premiere status: UK Premiere