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Directed by Various

United States 2015 80 mins.

This program of old and new explores memory, observation, and film’s unique and varied abilities to visualize the act of remembering. Portland filmmaker Pam Minty’s Direct Route (2015) observes a blind woman navigating her domestic surroundings alongside landscapes and recollections prior to losing her vision. Through conversations and word puzzles with her daughter, a story emerges about the relationship between memory, sense of direction, and the texture of experience. Complimenting her film is Bruce Baillie’s classic Roslyn Romance (1974), a correspondence and collage film of family photos and superimposed imagery that invoke the cycle of the life; Ute Aurand’s Maria (2011), an observational portrait of the filmmaker’s dear friend; and fellow German filmmaker Maria Lang’s Family Crypt – A Love Letter to My Mother (1981), through which the filmmaker as daughter speaks about herself, her family, and their love, despite invisible walls and barriers.

Genres: Experimental

Appears in: Northwest Tracking

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.