Scene from the film The Washing Society

The Washing Society

  • United States
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A dream-like, yet hyper-real portrayal of a day in the life of laundry workers, both past and present, this hybrid documentary is a voyage into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there. Inspired by the 1881 protests of Black women in The Washing Society of Atlanta, the film explores the intersection of history, underpaid work, immigration, and the sheer math of doing laundry.


  • Original title
    The Washing Society
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Lynne Sachs, Lizzie Olesker
  • Cast
    Jasmine Holloway, Ching Valdes Aran, Veraalba Santa, Margarita Lopez, Wing Hung Ho, Lula B. Holloway
  • DOP
    Sean Hanley, Lynne Sachs
  • Editing
    Amanda Katz
  • Music
    Stephen Vitiello
  • Sound
    Stephen Vitiello
  • Duration
    44 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival
    • Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, USA
    • Athens Film and Video Festival, USA
    • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
    • Maine International Film Festival
    • Chicago Underground Film Festival
    • Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Awards
    • Juror’s Stellar Award |Black Maria Film Festival. U.S
    • Avant-Garde “Departures” Award | Indie Memphis Film Festival. U.S is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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