Lynne Sachs

The Task of the Translator (2010) DVD NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: history, philosophical

Sachs pays homage to Walter Benjamin's essay "The Task of the Translator" through three studies of the human body. First, she listens to the musings of a wartime doctor grappling with the task of a kind-of cosmetic surgery for corpses. Second, she witnesses a group of Classics scholars confronted with the haunting yet whimsical task of translating a newspaper article on Iraqi burial rituals into Latin. And finally, she turns to a radio news report on human remains.

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