The Ties That Bind
TitleThe Ties That Bind
DirectorSu Friederich
CountryUSA
Year1984
Duration55mins
Format16mm, Umatic video
DescriptionSu Friedrich's experimental documentary looks at both the mother/daughter relationship and the demands of national identity. THE TIES THAT BIND explores the rise of Nazism in Germany and attempts to show the effect the war had on the film-maker's mother's life, while questioning the similarities between the early years of Nazism and America under Reagan. 'I made the film in order to present the life of an 'ordinary' woman living through extraordinary times...not to make her a hero, but to investigate how Fascism was formed by and affects daily life...' (Su Friedrich)