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Sink or Swim

A contemporary classic and a landmark in autobiographical filmmaking, 'Sink or Swim' is an unflinching account of the highly charged relationship between a daughter and her father. Through a series of twenty-six short stories, a young girl chronicles the childhood events that shaped her ideas about fatherhood, family relations, work and play. As the stories unfold, a dual portrait emerges: that of a father who cared more for his career than for his family, and of a daughter who was deeply affected by his behavior. Working in counterpoint to the forceful text are sensual black and white images that depict both the extraordinary and ordinary events of daily life. This formally complex and emotionally intense film is fraught with tension, ambivalence and love.

  • Grand Prix, Kino Awards, 1991 Melbourne Film Festival
  • Golden Gate Award, Best of "New Visions" Category, 1991 San Francisco Film Festival
  • Gold Juror's Choice Award, 1993 Charlotte Film and Video Festival
  • Best Experimental Film, 1991 USA Short Film and Video Festival
  • Special Jury Award, 1991 Atlanta Film Festival
  • Juror's Citation Award, 1991 Black Maria Film Festival

This playlist incudes two Bonus Features: 'Cool Hands, Warm Heart' and Scar Tissue.

Running Time
72 mins
Nb videos
3 videos included