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Synopsis: “The Clapping” is a short film which evokes the inside-out of our lives in Spring 2020, sheltering in place during Covid’s first wave. In solitude we relish nature’s symphony – shimmering rain and splish-splash of thunderstorm – while longing for the hustle-bustle of performance and more populous times.



Run Time

2 minutes

Director's Statement

LYNNE SACHS: I took the image outside, to nature, and to the symphony of a rainfall. I had no idea that she would pull it in, pull in the raindrops and the rhythm of the precipitation into a space that was about culture and urban life. That contrast and that engagement was so exciting for me.

DIDI GOLDENHAR: Lynn’s film enveloped me with longing. That large window like a proscenium stage, the continuous rain like a heavy, sparkling curtain. I found myself calling up the recent past as if recalling a dream or distant history.

Director's Bio

LYNNE SACHS is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker whose acclaimed short and long-form films draw on documentary, essay, collage, and performance. Over thirty-plus years, Sachs has brought her feminist lens to diaristic meditations on body, self, and family life, social and political upheaval, people on the margins whose labor supports the mainstream, and the essence of film itself. In January 2020, the Museum of the Moving Image honored Sachs with a twenty-film retrospective of her work. The series is headlined by her new movie, Film About a Father Who, an intimate, operatic portrait of her quixotic father, simultaneous with national release after screenings at the Sundance Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art. Lynne Sachs is also the author of Year by Year, a poetry collection weaving her personal mid-century tapestry with the skeins of history.

DIDI GOLDENHAR lives in Jackson Heights, NY. Her nonfiction explores ideas and people that drive social change; her poetry has appeared widely. Her recent documentary, Return to Calais, weaves the stories of refugees past and present, starting with her mother’s WW2 experience. In 2019-2020, the film premiered in London and toured film festivals in the US and abroad as recipient of multiple awards. In 2022, Return to Calais will screen at the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris.

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