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Sink or Swim: A Film of Su Friedrich (1990)

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Studio: Microcinema
Genre: Documentary, Independent, Biographies
Running Time: 48 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German
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Synopsis
A contemporary classic and a landmark in autobiographical filmmaking, SINK OR SWIM is an unflinching account of the highly charged relationship between a daughter and her father. Through a series of twenty-six short stories, a young girl chronicles the childhood events that shaped her ideas about fatherhood, family relations, work and play. As the stories unfold, a dual portrait emerges: that of a father who cared more for his career than for his family, and of a daughter who was deeply affected by his behavior. Working in counterpoint to the forceful text are sensual black and white images that depict both the extraordinary and ordinary events of daily life. This formally complex and emotionally intense film is fraught with tension, ambivalence and love.



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something like documentary
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personal, experimental, and beautiful films that (i think) smartly challenge the conventions of documentary
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