Clotheslines (1981)

About the Film

With verve and humor, this film shows the love/hate relationship that women have with the task of cleaning the family's clothes. As we see the clothes flapping in the wind and hear the voices - some proud, some angry, some wistful - we realize that doing laundry calls forth deep feelings about one's role in life. Some remember when their mothers and grandmothers tackled the same chores using washtubs and washboards, or even river streams. This engaging film pays homage to the commonality of women's experience. Most of Clotheslines was shot in New York City, Brooklyn and Queens.


  • American Film Festival, NY Area Emmy Award, 1982; Best Woman's Film, Atlanta Film Festival, 1983, Second Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1982; New Directors/New Film, 1982


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