The Ties That Bind is an experimental documentary about the filmmaker's mother, who was born and lived in southern Germany from 1920-1950. Through a mixture of personal anecdote and social history, she describes the rise of Nazism, the war years, and the Allied occupation, during which she met her future husband, an American soldier.
The only voice we hear is that of this one "ordinary woman", while the images portray her current life in Chicago, her hometown before and during the war, New York Post headlines, contemporary peace marches, present day footage of Germany, and much more. However, The Ties That Bind breaks with the usual format of war documentaries, thus allowing a different portrait of the individual to emerge, while it reflects on the current political situation in America and the filmmaker's activities in relation to those issues.
The film creates a powerful dialogue
between past and present, between
mother and daughter. But it is more
than an interview of a mother by a
"The film is an original: a moving and
courageous tribute from a child to a
mother's beleaguered memory."
"...a film that expressively and tenderly weds the personal to the political."
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