Q&A with Tamer Hassan, Armand Yervant Tufenkian, and Monika Uchiyama
Shooting for more than five years in 13 locations around the U.S., Tamer Hassan and Armand Yervant Tufenkian trace a collection of letters to the homes where each was sent or received in this uniquely process-based documentary. The letters, written to accompany seed packets sent between friends and families and dated as far back as 1806, are read aloud by individual narrators, unfolding as personal-poetic reflections on life and labor in rural America. Via a variety of 16mm film stocks, Accession maps a visual and aural correspondence between anonymous people and places with an exploratory flair.
A New Use
Monika Uchiyama, Japan/USA, 2018, 24m
Monika Uchiyama’s observational study of her family’s Tokyo-based wax factory captures the love and labor involved in the production and sustainability of handmade goods across generations.